TEAMtalk understands that Middlesbrough face a battle to keep hold of attacking full-back Djed Spence beyond January’s transfer window.
The former Fulham trainee has been in superb form for Neil Warnock’s promotion chasers so far this term.
Spence, 20, joined Boro in 2018 after he departed Craven Cottage.
Spence had been on the verge of leaving the club without playing a league game, before he was introduced into the first-team by Jonathan Woodgate mid-way through last season.
The youngster took his chance with both hands, and was soon handed a long-term contract by the club.
However, Spence’s progress has not gone unnoticed and a host of clubs are now tracking his progress closely.
We understand Everton, Wolves, Crystal Palace and local rivals Newcastle United are amongst the clubs who have been doing regular checks on Spence, who is also being lined up for a call-up to England Under-21 squad.
Boro target Watmore deal
Meanwhile, TEAMtalk understands Middlesbrough are considering offering a contract to former Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore.
The 26-year-old has been training with Neil Warnock’s first team at Rockliffe this week.
Watmore is a free agent and we understand the free agent is keen on securing a move to The Riverside.
It is understood Watmore has done well on trial and now Warnock is looking at an offer.
Warnock though refused to commit himself at his press conference on Friday morning. The Boro boss publicly said he was not expecting to make any signings
However, Boro are weighing up a move, but have limited funds. They are though are short on attacking options and could offer a heavily incentivised deal to the former England Under- 21 star.