According to a report from Football Insider, Middlesbrough are ready to trigger the release clause of Peterborough United’s star playmaker Marcus Maddison, with his release clause just £2.6 million.

Peterborough United’s star men have been subject to Championship transfer interest for a long time now, with a number of players such as Jack Marriott, Conor Washington, Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron McLean among those to have made the step up to the Championship and move away in the past.

Heading into this January, it appears to be the case again. Striker Ivan Toney is reportedly on the radar of a number of Championship clubs and now, it has been claimed by Football Insider that Marcus Maddison is wanted by strugglers Middlesbrough.

Maddison’s form for Peterborough United over the course of the past few years has seen him linked with a move away on a number of occasions, but the club have been able to keep a hold of him. The Posh are determined to keep Maddison this January as they look to win promotion to the Championship, but with his release clause at just £2.6 million, they could have a task on their hands.

The 26-year-old has starred for the club once again this season, scoring 10 goals and providing eight assists in 20 appearances so far. His contribution this season takes Maddison to an impressive 62 goals and 92 assists in 243 games for the club (Transfermarkt).

It will be interesting to see how Maddison’s situation at the Posh pans out this January. The club are determined to keep him at London Road – as they are with all their star players – but with his deal running out at the end of the season and a £2.6 million clause in his contract, it will be interesting to see if Middlesbrough or any other Championship clubs look to swoop for the playmaker.