Jonathan Woodgate provides positive January transfer update amid Darren Randolph reports

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate says the club won’t have to sell players in January as they look to bring in reinforcements.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:45 am
Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate says the club won't have to sell players in January.

Recent reports have suggested Boro will need to offload some of their higher earners when the transfer window reopens next month, with the need to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

First-choice goalkeeper Darren Randolph has been linked with a return to Premier League side West Ham, yet Woodgate believes the stories are merely speculation.

“That’s the right word linked,” said Woodgate when asked about Randolph. “I'll let you know when we've got some news on that.

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“At the minute we're not in January so when we cross that bridge I’ll let you know.”

When asked if Boro will have to sell players to supply funds in January, Woodgate replied:” No, I wouldn't say that.

“We'll see what happens. We do need a few reinforcements but we've got Financial Fair Play so lets see.”

Woodgate also praised Boro chairman Steve Gibson who has stuck with his young head coach despite a difficult start to the season.

“I was with him last night and he was absolutely fantastic,” said Woodgate when asked about Gibson.

“Like he’s been with every manager at the football club he’s really positive, he’s someone who stands by you through tough times and that’s what he’s been.

“He's been absolutely fantastic for me and I'm lucky to have a chairman like Steve Gibson who gives managers time.”