Skysports.com understands Middlesbrough are ready to make a move for Derby striker Rob Hulse before the close of the transfer window.
Middlesbrough have held a long-term interest in Hulse and now armed with money from the sales of Tuncay Sanli and Robert Huth are ready to firm up their interest with a bid.
Boro boss Gareth Southgate is thought to be an admirer of Hulse and is keen to lure him to the Riverside Stadium.
Middlesbrough are short of options in attack and Hulse would help to bolster their attacking options with a target man thought to be top of their wanted list.
Derby are keen to keep hold of former Leeds and Sheffield United hit-man Hulse, but could find it hard to resist a big-money offer from Boro for the 29-year-old.