According to Gazette Live, Middlesbrough could be in for a whirlwind of a summer transfer window, with eight players likely to depart.
There are plenty in the Middlesbrough ranks who are currently on loan at the club, and will return to the respective teams shortly. Others have not signed contract extensions and will be allowed to leave for free.
Here are the eight players who could be shown the exit door:
1. Stewart Downing
The left-winger came through the illustrious academy at Boro in 2001, and has gone on to make over 300 appearances for the club over two spells.
2. Muhamed Besic
Besic is currently on loan and will return to Everton. However, reports today suggest the Toffees will look to offload the Bosnian midfielder, and Boro could yet make a move to make the deal permanent.
3. John Obi Mikel
Mikel has been a revelation since signing from Chinese outfit Tianjin TEDA, but could move on at the end of the current campaign. Middlesbrough supporters will be hoping he stays at their club to help them get to the top flight next season.
4. Jordan Hugill
West Ham’s Hugill has hardly set the world alight at his hometown club, and will join back up with his Hammers teammates for pre-season after the summer.
5. Rudy Gestede
Gestede was a Championship destroyer in his days at Blackburn Rovers, but failed to impress at both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough. He will be expected to depart this summer if there are offers.
6. Martin Braithwaite
The Danish international has had a successful spell on loan at Leganes in La Liga, and after saying he doesn’t expect to play for Boro again, we would agree with him on that one.
7. Dimi Konstantopoulos
The veteran goalkeeper became Middlesbrough’s oldest ever player earlier this season, but with the Greek stopper turning 41 in November, it looks as though he will move on, or hang up his boots.
8. Andy Lonergan
Another goalkeeper expected to leave is Andy Lonergan. The former-Leeds and Wolves ‘keeper joined Rochdale on an emergency loan in February, and could join permanently if he doesn’t sign another deal at Boro.
Britt Assombalonga and Darren Randolph could also depart, with both players having plenty of potential suitors after decent seasons at Middlesbrough.