Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate says the club will not need to sell players to bring new ones in during the January transfer window.

The Teesside club are hoping to bring in new players to help them climb to safety in the Sky Bet Championship with Boro still lying precariously above the drop zone.

Middlesbrough are wary of breaching the Football League’s Financial Fair Play regulations and fans have been concerned about whether or not the club can bring in players and keep their first team together.

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However, ahead of his side’s game against Swansea City this weekend, Woodgate assured fans that the club does not have to sell to bring players in.

He told the Northern Echo: “I don’t have to sell to bring in players next month, it’s as simple as that,” he said. “I’m sure there’ll be money there, and I’m sure I’ll have the final say on who comes in and who goes. That’s all you really want as a head coach, and I’ll be working hard with the chairman, who has been top drawer.

“We know we need players in, and hopefully we can get a few wins over the next five games before the transfer window opens and climb up the league and be in a bit of a different position then.

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“Let’s just see when January comes, who we get and who we don’t get. Is there room to wriggle? Of course, there is. If we want players, we can get players. Wait until January, and see what we get.”

Players like Darren Randolph and Daniel Ayala have already been linked with moves away from the club in the next transfer window.

West Ham are said to be interested in resigning Randolph, whereas Ayala is reportedly wanted by three Championship clubs.

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