Middlesbrough are in the bottom three and are in desperate need for something to change.

This could mean Middlesbrough will look to the January transfer window for reinforcements, and reports have also suggested Jonathan Woodgate’s side could dip into the Premier League loan market.

Speaking to Teesside Live, the Boro boss spoke out about needing new players, but admitted that they are not in a position where players would want to sign.

“January is always a notorious window anyway, no matter what position you are in.

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“But it is harder to get the players you want if you are in a poor position.”

Woodgate admitted his side was in a relegation battle at the moment. His side sit in 22nd, winless in eight and goalless in four.

“There’s some players won’t fancy a move somewhere for a relegation battle.

“But I want to make additions, of course I do. The right ones. If we can. I hope so.

“We definitely need something, we need extra bodies and extra players, that’s without a shadow of a doubt.”

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Last season, Middlesbrough had several loan players who helped them to a seventh placed finish under previous boss Tony Pulis.

The Teessiders were linked to West Ham’s Grady Diangana in the summer, but instead the attacking midfielder opted for West Brom. This time around Woodgate admitted that this model of signing younger Premier League players on loan may not be an option.

“We had the likes of Mo Besic from Everton and Jordan Hugill from West Ham here last season.

“But we’ve gone from loaning players from Premier League clubs on a lot of money to signing players from League One.

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“You have to get on with it.”


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