Boro are poised for a busy end to the summer transfer window, with several players linked with a move to the Riverside ahead of the 5pm deadline.
Today’s latest link is out-of-favour West Ham United defender Sam Byram.
The right-back is of interest to Tony Pulis, who is also said to be looking at Tomas Kalas and Jonas Knudsen to bolster his defensive options.
Byram has been in discussions with Aitor Karanka’s Nottingham Forest more recently, but according to the Daily Mirror, Boro are trying to snatch a deal.
Aitor Karanka was confident of landing the right-back earlier this week but Boro’s late move may have turned his head.
But it’s former loanee Mo Besic that appears to be the front runner to walk through the doors at Rockliffe.
The Guardian report Boro are trying to tie up a £6million for the Bosnian, who enjoyed a successful stint on Teesside last season.
They face stern competition from Leeds, but look set to beat the Yorkshire side to his signature.
Elsewhere, moves for Albert Adomah and Yannick Bolasie have been talked up considerably over the last 24 hours.
Former Boro winger Adomah has been told by Steve Bruce that his long-term future lies elsewhere, which has opened the door to a Riverside return.
Yannick Bolasie would be a major coup should Pulis land the 29-year-old, whom he managed at Crystal Palace.
Everton want Bolasie off their books this summer and are looking at a fee of around £15m – although Boro could do a loan deal with the option to buy.