Middlesbrough are one of three Championship teams pursuing St Mirren midfielder Keanu Baccus, according to reports in the English media.
The Australian international, who played four games at the World Cup, is being watched by Boro, along with Cardiff City and Norwich.
Baccus joined St Mirren from Western Sydney Wanderers last summer but he only signed a two-year contract with the Scottish Premiership outfit.
It is believed the 24-year-old could be available for as little as £350,000 this month, which could be a bargain for a player who has experience on the international stage.
Boro boss Michael Carrick is keen on recruiting a midfielder during the January transfer window. Up until now, Rotherham United’s Dan Barlaser has been the primary target but a sell-on clause owed to the player’s previous team Newcastle is complicating negotiations.
It could well mean that the Teessiders consider Baccus as a possible alternative if a deal for Barlaser can’t be worked out.