Middlesbrough have confirmed that Sheffield United are in talks to sign Mark Yeates.
The 25-year-old winger only joined Boro in the summer in a £500,000 deal and he has featured in 17 games.
However, under Gordon Strachan he has found a first-team place harder to come by and, as the manager looks to overhaul the Boro squad, he is set to let Yeates leave.
It is believed Boro have agreed a £500,000 fee with United, who they coincidentally play on Saturday.
Boro are already being strongly linked with a replacement in the shape of Queens Park Rangers' Wayne Routledge.