Middlesbrough FC transfer rumours: Rangers stopper linked, Ben Gibson reports resurface plus striker latest

With just over two weeks to go until the end of 2019, clubs will already be putting plans in place for next month’s January transfer window.

Monday, 16th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 16th December 2019, 11:06 am

Middlesbrough and head coach Jonathan Woodgate are hoping to sign new players in the mid-season market, but may also face a battle to keep some of their star men.

The Boro boss said last week the club won't need to sell players to bring in reinforcements, amid reports that West Ham are lining up a move for goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

The Republic of Ireland international has been out with a thigh injury in recent weeks, with academy product Aynsey Pears, 21, stepping up.

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Middlesbrough have been linked with Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.
Middlesbrough have been linked with Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.

Yet, according to the Daily Mail, Boro are also weighing up a move for Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham to replace Randolph next month.

Foderingham has been second choice at Ibrox this season and will be out of contract at the end of the season.

Birmingham City have also been linked with the 28-year-old who has made just four appearances this campaign and kept four clean sheets.

Ben Gibson reports resurface

Another player who has been linked with Boro in recent months is former defender Ben Gibson.

The 26-year-old is still yet to make a Premier League appearance this season and has barely featured since moving to Burnley in 2018.

Several top-flight clubs, including Newcastle, were reportedly monitoring Gibson while a return to Teesside has also been mooted.

And, according to the Sunday People, Boro are weighing up a January loan move for the homegrown centre-back.

Sam Cosgrove scores again

At the other end of the pitch, Boro were reportedly keeping tabs on Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove, yet their interest appears to have cooled in recent weeks.

It’s been claimed Cosgrove would cost around £4million, while the likes of Derby and Stoke have also been credited with interest.

It’s no surprise the 23-year-old is being watched, and the frontman scored his 10th league goal of the season in a 1-0 win over Hamilton on Saturday.

After the game, Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes said: “I’m hoping we don’t lose him. I don’t think it would be in our best interest to lose our best goalscorer.”