Middlesbrough’s are desperate to balance the books after previous heavy spending and have seriously cut back this season.

Only three new players were brought into the club in the summer, all of which were playing in League One last year, and they can no longer spend big on players if they want to stay within Financial Fair Play’s guidelines.

According to TEAMtalk, Middlesbrough are ‘desperate’ and ‘keen’ to sell in-demand goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who has been linked to Premier League side West Ham United this week.

The injury to number one Lukasz Fabianski has been detrimental to the Hammers’ season, with back up shot stopper Roberto making mistake after mistake before being benched for third choice David Martin in recent weeks.

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West Ham are looking to sign a new goalkeeper and Randolph is one of their prime transfer targets for the January transfer window according to reports.

But with Middlesbrough strapped for cash, they will need to sell some of their highest earners if they want to recruit new players in the help of them not being sucked into a relegation battle come the end of the season.

The report states ‘West Ham have already had talks with Boro, with a view to taking the player in January and the Teessiders are ready to let him move on in order to bring in other players.’

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The Teessiders have been linked to Northampton Town goalkeeper David Cornell, who could be seen as a replacement if Randolph was to depart. Although, with the Irishman out injured at the moment, Aynsley Pears has stepped in and done incredibly well, keeping four clean sheets in his first six games.