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Nottingham Forest are being linked with a move for Middlesbrough’s Adam Clayton as Aitor Karanka looks to his former side to bolster his midfield options.

Clayton becomes the latest Middlesbrough midfielder to be linked with a move to the City Ground after Boro captain Grant Leadbitter was touted as a possible Forest transfer target earlier in the window.

New Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is looking to reshape his own squad and it is suggested that Boro would demand a fee in the excess of £6m for Clayton.

Despite the departure of fellow central midfielder Adam Forshaw to Leeds United for £4.5m, it is thought that Boro would also entertain the sale of Clayton in order to raise further funds to strengthen in other areas.

Clayton has been a peripheral figure at the Riverside this season for Championship rivals Boro only making 14 League appearances across spells under the management of Garry Monk and Tony Pulis.

The 29-year-old was a mainstay in Karanka’s Middlesbrough side that earned promotion to the Premier League in 2016 and it is clear Karanka is keen on capturing Clayton in order to provide some protection for Forest’s leaky defence.

Forest have conceded 43 goals this season, the most outside the bottom five in the Championship and it is thought that defensive reinforcements are also on Karanka’s mind.

The indifferent form of Armand Traore combined with Danny Fox’s continued injury problems has also seen Forest linked with Panathinaikos left-back Niklas Hult.

The 27-year-old, who has six international caps for Sweden would offer competition for Traore going forward as Karanka looks to a defensive improvement in the second half of the season.

Following the loan departure of Jason Cummings to Rangers, it is believed that Karanka is also in the market for a striker as the end of the January transfer window approaches.