MIDDLESBROUGH are likely to bolster their forward ranks by the time the January transfer window ends tonight.
Boro head coach Aitor Karanka has spoken of his wish – and his semi-expectation – that a deal to bring in a striker for the latter part of the Championship season.
Danny Graham has been heavily linked, a year after choosing Sunderland over his former team, while West Brom attacker Graham Dorrans is also a possibility.
“I think everyone knows how important it is to get another striker now and the club is working on it,” Karanka updated on the eve of the short trip to Doncaster tomorrow (kick off 3pm) when 4,000 away fans will support the Teessiders.
“We have a day to sign another player but we need to forget that because we have an important game against Doncaster tomorrow.
“We will have 11 players who want to win.
“We are working hard and as soon as possible we can take another striker with us.”
Boro’s hierarchy have worked tirelessly throughout the month to both trim the squad size and add quality to it, but so far it has been outgoings that have frequented the revolving door.
Faris Haroun is the latest player to leave Middlesbrough after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent.
The Belgian international joined Boro in 2011 from Germinal Beerschot and made a good impression, only to have faded from the scene this season.
The 28-year-old has been tipped for a return home, to Zulte Waregem.
Also on the move could be midfielder Matty Dolan.
The 20-year-old could be following left-sided midfielder Adam Reach on loan at League One side Bradford City.
Reach moved to Valley Parade last week, having spent a loan stint at Shrewsbury in the first half the season.
Dolan had spent three months at Hartlepool United before being recalled at the start of this month.
The former English Martyrs School pupil had formed a superb combination in the middle of the park with Simon Walton and Pools boss Colin Cooper had hoped to have kept him until the end of the season.
Dolan will leave behind a club looking to return to form after a defeat and draw in their last tw games.
The Boro chief’s job is to work with what he has at his disposal and ensure that his players don’t slacken in the standards required.
“We are losing our intensity, our style,” the Spaniard rued. “The past two weeks we are training with 25 players and it is difficult to train with that number, 20 is better.
“We need to recover the style I want and win again.”
Boro boast strong record against Donny, though Karanka has guarded against any false optimism.
“Obviously you can be more comfortable at a certain place but if we go there thinking it will be easy we will be wrong,” he told BBC Tees.
On-loan Chelsea players Kenneth Omeruo and Nathaniel Chalobah could be set to feature against Paul Dickov’s team, but Kei Kamara will have to be content with another substitute appearance.
“Kenneth is fit and training very well and is ready to play,” he said.“Nathaniel is ready to play, training very well and will be playing soon.”