Neil Warnock on the touchline at Wycombe

Neil Warnock is looking to bolster his Middlesbrough squad this month. Jack Clarke, however, is not a player the veteran manager is looking to bring in. 

Rumours circulating earlier this week suggested that Middlesbrough were one of five Championship clubs looking at Clarke. 

Clarke burst onto the scene with Leeds United as an 18-year-old. His impressive performances in the 2018/19 Championship season earned him a move to Tottenham, but since making the move, his career has stagnated. 

The 20-year-old winger spent last season on loan at Leeds United and QPR but made just 7 league appearances. 

Warnock has dispelled the rumours, stating that he is looking for players that can come in and make an instant impact.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful to Jack, and I’m sure he’s a very good player, but I’ve not seen anything of him,” Warnock said.

“The type I’m looking at are players who are probably going to come straight into the team and make a difference.”

Warnock did make it clear he is looking for an out and out winger, something a little bit different to what he’s got available at the moment. 

“I think we need a different type. I wouldn’t say Marcus [Tavernier] is a winger, even Marv [Johnson] I wouldn’t say he’s an out and out winger,” Warnock said. 

He continued: “We just need someone a little bit different who can take full-backs on and can do something different and that’s what I’m looking for to supplement them.”

Although he made no direct reference to the player, his description seems to fit that of long-standing target Yannick Bolasie. However, Warnock indicated that any loan deals involving Premier League players will most probably have to wait until later in the window. 

“I think it’s other managers in the Premier League and they are not wanting to do anything with the players until later in the window.

“One particular manager said I want to wait if I sell this player before I think about him going and you can understand that.

“If I was a Premier League manager, I wouldn’t want to rush getting everybody out because you just don’t know the injuries you are going to get.”

Links to Famara Diedhiou  

Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou has reportedly been subject of an enquiry from Middlesbrough this week. The 28-year-old Senegalese striker is out of contract in six months – which fits the player profile Warnock is looking for.

When asked directly about Diedhiou, Warnock said: “I’ve not been very lucky with signings from Bristol City in the past if I’m honest with you, so I’ll say no I’ll give that a miss,” 

Overseas targets?

Warnock has also confirmed that he is likely to do his January business in the UK, saying: “The recruitment guys give us names abroad, but I don’t think really it’s the time to be going abroad.”

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