As reported on The72 earlier today, Middlesbrough Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate knows that his side ‘need extra players’.

However, what Middlesbrough won’t be doing is dipping into the free agent market before the January transfer window.

When asked if it would be an option to consider, Woodgate stated that it would be difficult, and it wasn’t something they would be looking into just yet.

“Not at the minute” he said in an interview which appears on The Hartlepool Mail. “You can always look, but to get a deal done it’s tough, especially at this time.”

A lack of signings for Middlesbrough comes down to issues surrounding finances. Parachutes payments are no longer available to the club, and Chairman Steve Gibson is not prepared to spend, spend, spend given the constraints of Financial Fair Play.

Although it would make sense for the Teessiders to look at free agents, wages are a huge factor.

“It depends on what wage people want and what can we pay really” said Woodgate.

Boro made four signings in the summer, goalkeeper Tomas Mejias on a free transfer, youngster Marc Bola from Blackpool, Anfernee Dijksteel from Charlton Athletic and West Ham United’s Marcus Browne.

All four players are not having the desired impact Woodgate and the supporters hoped for, with none of the quartet nailing down a starting berth just yet.

Mejias is yet to play at all after his arrival from AC Omonia in Cyprus, but may be called up to the starting eleven given the recent injuries to ‘keepers Darren Randolph and Aynsley Pears. Browne is also missing through injury and will not play a part in Middlesbrough’s trip to QPR this weekend.