A winner and a loser at Middlesbrough if they seal a loan deal for the Brighton player

Middlesbrough are one of several EFL sides interested in securing Brighton and Hove Albion striker Evan Ferguson on loan in January, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

Birmingham City, Bristol City, Ipswich Town, Millwall, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic are also believed to be monitoring his situation at this stage, with the Teesside outfit facing a considerable battle in their potential quest to secure a temporary deal . line.

Boro currently have four players on loan at their disposal and can add a fifth with the club allowed to have five in a matchday squad, although they may decide to bring in two more players on loan during the window. January.

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Football League World understands Manchester United midfielder and Iraq international Zidane Iqbal are also attracting interest from Michael Carrick’s side, with the former England international potentially looking to make full use of his contacts at Old Trafford.

They also have existing links with Brighton with Aaron Connolly on loan in January for the second half of last season and Matt Clarke arriving at the Riverside permanently during the previous window.

With another deal between the two teams potentially in the works, we look at a winner and a loser on Teesside if the Championship side manage to seal a loan for Ferguson.

Winner: Matthew Hoppe

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The United States international has seen his playing time limited this season, having failed to make any real impact at the Riverside despite his compatriot Josh Coburn currently being on loan.

And he doesn’t look set to be one of the top names on the squad roster for quite some time, with Rodrigo Muniz, Duncan Watmore, Marcus Forss and Chuba Akpom all available as alternate options for Carrick.

If Ferguson arrives it could give Boro the confidence to send Hoppe out on loan and it could be crucial to the American’s development if he is to work his way into the Teesside side’s starting lineup in the years to come.

Without a loan spell, you’d think the 21-year-old could end up enduring an unsuccessful spell at Riverside, although he still has plenty of time to make an impact.

Loser: Marcus Forss

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One man who is likely to stay at Boro even if Ferguson comes in is Forss, who has been unlucky not to score more goals for his current team this season.

With Chuba Akpom in top form, you think it may be the Finland international’s starting spot that could be under threat and it would spell disaster for the player who needs to get as much playing time as possible. at 23 years old.

The increased competition is likely to be good for the former Brentford man in his quest to maximize his performance levels – but his playing time is likely to be affected by the arrival of the Brighton man, whether or not he stays in the starting lineup.

Brighton won’t want Ferguson to sit on the bench for most of the season so Boro will likely reassure them about his playing time if they seal a deal and that might not bode well for Forss.

Leslie M. Gill