Middlesbrough's former £10m man set to leave for nothing, West Ham target could cost £25m
Middlesbrough were able to snatch a precious point against Cardiff City last weekend, but results elsewhere mean Boro are now five points off the play-off places heading into the midweek fixtures.
In a fiercely-fought contest at the Riverside Stadium, that saw Neil Warnock's side dominate possession and take ten shots to the visitors' two, Paddy McNair's 82nd minute goal secured a draw for his side and ended the Bluebirds' relentless six-game winning streak.
Speaking after the game, Boro's boss was quizzed on the fitness of his January signings, and he claimed: "He (Nathaniel Mendez-Laing) will get sharper. He has been out a long time really. That’s the same with (Neeskens) Kebano really, he hasn’t had much football.
"Yannick (Bolasie) hasn’t either, and if you had seen him on the training ground yesterday…they told me he wasn’t fit as well.
“I think I am in the wrong game. They say he has to do longer sprints, longer runs. Hopefully he will be available at some stage before next weekend I hope.”
Middlesbrough are back in action tomorrow evening, when they travel to take on Coventry City at St. Andrew's.
Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Middlesbrough and the rest of the Championship, ahead of the midweek action: