Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate may have to fight off a series of suitors as he attempts to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window.

The Teessiders have already found themselves at the centre of speculation that Wigan will test their resolve to hang onto Egyptian striker Mido, while Tottenham have once again been linked with a big-money move for England winger Stewart Downing.

But Southgate is more interested in new faces arriving at the Riverside, he told the club's website: "The chairman and I are in agreement - we have got to build steadily."

He added: "We know we can't throw a lot of money down, so there has to be a balance.

"We have had to do that throughout my time here, but I'm not under any pressure to sell players.

"We will look at any potential loans or free transfers that may improve us."

In recent years, Boro have installed a scouting network which has succeeded in unearthing some previously unheralded talent, with French midfielder Didier Digard a shining example of the kind of player for which the Teessiders are searching.

Southgate said: "Overall, I feel we are a club that need to try to grab players before they are big names.

"The signings we made during the summer show the way we are trying to go.

"We have been delighted with Didier Digard and Justin Hoyte, and we still feel there's much more to come from Marvin Emnes."

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