Middlesbrough are being linked with a January move for Portsmouth forward Ronan Curtis, as per a report by the Hartlepool Mail.

The 22-year-old is also believed to have caught the eye of other Championship sides such as Leeds United, Sheffield United and Derby County.

Curtis only joined Portsmouth in May from Derry City for a fee in the region of £100,000 and has turned out to have been an absolute bargain. He has managed six goals in 15 games so far this season for Pompey and has been a key player in their rise to the top of the League One table.

However, Kenny Jackett’s side could face a battle to hold onto him in the January transfer window with his form making him a man in-demand. Curtis has already been rewarded with a call-up to the Republic of Ireland national team last month, where he was an unused substitute against Poland.

Curtis joined Derry in 2014 and went onto play over 100 games for their first-team, scoring a combined total of 24 goals. He saw a move to Swedish side Ostersunds fall through in February 2017 before sticking with Derry until his move to Pompey in May.

Middlesbrough are now said to be interested in bringing him to the Riverside. Tony Pulis will be plotting potential signings for January as he looks to mount another promotion push with the North-East side. It will be tough for them to tempt him away from Fratton Park though, especially with it looking like Portsmouth could be back on their way to the Championship.

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