Middlesbrough striker duo Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga could be sold as early as the January transfer window, according to The Northern Echo.

Both Assombalonga and Braithwaite have lost their place in the starting eleven in recent weeks, making way for summer loan signing Jordan Hugill and youngster Marcus Tavernier, with both replacements having impressed.

The report comes in light of Middlesbrough’s interest in Aston Villa man Albert Adomah, although Villains boss Dean Smith is keen to keep the Ghanaian international at the club. To fund a signing of this calibre, it would seem likely Boro would have to sell some of their highest earners, with the Northern Echo suggesting Assombalonga and Braithwaite would be first on the chopping block.

Former-Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk smashed the club’s transfer record, paying £15 million for Assombalonga last season, and it is reported that current boss Tony Pulis would accept significantly less for the forward, if they are to sell.

The likes of Swansea and Nottingham Forest were both keen on signing the 25-year old last summer, and both clubs could rekindle their interest as early as January.

Braithwaite also attracted attention in the summer, with La Liga sides Girona and Leganes wanting the Danish forward. Having fallen out of favour with Pulis in recent weeks, Braithwaite could look elsewhere for game time to keep his international team hopes alive, with Euro 2020 qualifiers getting up and running in March next year.

It is not yet reported whether Middlesbrough are actively looking to bring in a striker to replace the duo, with the Boro boss identifying wide areas as a problem for the team, and this will most likely be the priority.