Kitson open to Boro switch

Striker could be tempted into permanent switch to Teesside

Kitson: Loan star

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Dave Kitson has admitted that he could move to Middlesbrough on a permanent basis in January.

The in-form frontman is currently on loan at the Riverside Stadium from Premier League outfit Stoke.

Having found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Britannia Stadium he was only too happy to join Boro until the end of the year.

Kitson initially suggested that he had no plans to remain in the North East on a long-term basis, as he was still keen to prove himself in the Premier League.

However, having notched three goals in his last two games for Gordon Strachan's side, he has now hinted that he would be open to a move to Teesside in the New Year.

"I go back to Stoke on 28th December and when I do I'll speak to the manager Tony Pulis and see what he feels," Kitson said in the Journal.

"It's difficult to predict what might happen. I know I am going back when the loan is up but if the clubs want to do something else they can do something else and then I'll see what the situation is."

Ambition

Meanwhile, Boro centre-half David Wheater has admitted that he is still hopeful of forcing his way into England's World Cup squad.

The 22-year-old has been included in Fabio Capello's senior plans in the past, although he is yet to make an appearance, and hopes he can make the step up from the U21 fold before next summer's showpiece event in South Africa.

"It's difficult at this level. I'm not sure England scouts come to watch," he said after starring for Boro in their 5-1 demolition of Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

"But you never know, with a few injuries I could be back in the picture.

"You want to play U21 for England and then go on to the next level but my first priority is to get Boro back up, then hopefully I'll get noticed."