Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis is scheduled to hold a meeting with chairman Steve Gibson next week over the fringe players he would like to offload in the January transfer window – with Leeds United target Adam Clayton among them, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claims that Pulis will run the rule over a host of Riverside outcasts in this weekend’s FA Cup clash against Sunderland and is expected to give ex-Elland Road ace Clayton, 28, a chance to impress.
It is understood that Leeds and Sunderland are both interested in signing the midfielder, who has made just 14 appearances across all competitions for Boro this term, with just one outing in the Championship since mid-October.
Pulis believes that the Middlesbrough squad he inherited from Garry Monk is too big for a team in the Championship and there may be cuts this month with Clayton potentially being part of those who are shown the door.
Adam Forshaw is another Riverside fringe player with the Northern Echo reporting that he is also attracting attention from other Championship sides.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds could do with a bit of added steel to their midfield especially with Mateusz Klich and Vurnon Anita barely ever getting a look in at Elland Road. Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane and Ronaldo Vieira appear to be the only players who ever get a chance in the centre of midfield and that trio have started to stagnate in performances in recent weeks. The added competition of Clayton could spark that trio into life with the ex-Huddersfield man breathing down their necks for a first-team spot. Thomas Christiansen could also choose to start Clayton over one of them. His Championship promotion experience from Boro could go a long way at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, there has been a major development in the Whites’ hunt for this striker with an £8.8million release clause.
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