Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis will make a decision on the future at Adam Clayton within the next few days, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claims that Leeds United, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City have all expressed their eagerness to sign Clayton, 28, during the January transfer window, and as interest intensifies, Pulis has been left facing a huge transfer decision on midfielder.
It is understood that Forest boss Aitor Karanka has become the latest to flag up his interest in the former Huddersfield midfielder as he looks to strengthen his new side by raiding his previous employers.
The report adds that Boro may be in line to make a “sizeable profit” on Clayton having signed him from Huddersfield for £1.5million in 2012.
However the Echo adds that Adam Forshaw’s future at the Riverside remains hazy and that Pulis would not want to sell both him and Clayton unless reinforcements are made.
Clayton left Leeds to join Huddersfield in 2012.
He made 50 total appearances for the Whites, scoring six goals in the process.
This season with Middlesbrough, the midfield warrior, known for his combative style of play, has played just 15 times in all competitions and has appeared just once in the Championship since mid-October.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds have made no indication that they need midfielders this month, especially when Thomas Christiansen’s primary concern should be his defence and striker options. Clayton would probably be a first-choice midfielder at Elland Road if he was to ever return, but United need to be careful about how they spend their money on strengthening the areas that need it the most. Aston Villa and Forest are definitely two sides who could do with a battle-hardened midfielder like Clayton. He knows the Championship well having helped Boro achieve promotion two years ago. Cardiff may also be a threat in the race to sign him as Neil Warnock may be ruthless in trying to get his side into the Premier League.
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