Middlesbrough, Preston North End and Ipswich Town are chasing in-form Northampton Town goalkeeper David Cornell, Football Insider can reveal.

Cornell has been in superb form for Northampton this season and his performances have brought him onto the radar of clubs higher up the football pyramid.

A Northampton source has told Football Insider that Championship duo Middlesbrough and Preston and League One promotion hopefuls Ipswich have watched Cornell in action on several occasions in recent weeks.

They are now weighing up moves to sign the shot-stopper when the transfer window reopens next month.

Cornell is enterting the final six months of his contract at Northampton and his suitors know he could be available for a knockdown price this January or even on a free transfer next summer.

Northampton are keen to keep hold of Cornell, but they are aware they could be forced to cash-in on the keeper rather than risk allowing him to run down his contract.

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The 28-year-old has been inspirational for Northampton, conceding only 16 goals in 17 League Two games to help into sixth spot in the table.

Former Swansea keeper Cornell has kept four clean sheets in his last six games and his performances have seen him tipped for a Wales call-up having played for his country at Under-21 level.

Middlesbrough’s interest could be determined by Jonathan Woodgate’s position amid speculation today Neil Warnock has been lined up to replace him as manager.

In other Middlesbrough news, it can be REVEALED that the club are keen to sign EFL goal machine after failed £4million bid.