Tony Pulis holds talks with Steven Gibson over Middlesbrough transfer targets

As the January transfer window approaches, Tony Pulis has revealed he and Boro chairman Steve Gibson have held talks over Middlesbrough’s transfer targets.

‘Steve came in this week and he knows the score, he’s a football man’

Speaking ahead of Middlesbrough’s clash with Wigan on Saturday, Pulis stated:

“The window? Goodness knows, we’ve got targets, we’ve looked at options and what we would like to do and what we wouldn’t like to do.

“Steve came in this week and he knows the score, he’s a football man. He watches us every week, he’s very diligent in what he does and what he doesn’t do. He understands what we’re trying to do and what I’m trying to do with this football club as well.

“We’re in a really good position in the league, a really good position in the League Cup, so we’ve got lots to play for before the window opens.

“Even when the window closed a few months back we were trying to get players in who we couldn’t get in and they were in certain positions that would have helped us now.

“We’ve always recognised what we wanted to do, the problem we’ve had is doing it and getting the players that we think would help being the difference in those positions.”

Middlesbrough’s poor attack

One area Boro will be desperate to strengthen come January is their attack.

Middlesbrough sold both Adama Traore and Patrick Bamford over the summer and failed to replace either of them.

As a result, Boro’s attack has been quite poor.

In 16 Championship games this season, Boro have scored just 17 goals.

A tally which pales in comparison to the sides around Middlesbrough in the table.

Boro’s failure to score enough goals has cost them on a number of occasions this season including in their last game when they drew 0-0 with 15th place, Stoke.

Middlesbrough’s next game sees them take on 16th place Wigan.

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