Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed for the first time that the club will look to sell David Wheater next month.
The Teesside-born stopper is out-of-contract at the end of the season and will be free to leave on a Bosman transfer.
Boro are determined to get some cash back for their home-grown ace, and that means a sale next month.
Aston Villa, Everton, Blackburn, Newcastle, Stoke and Wolves are all thought to be keen, as Boro will seemingly have few worries about being able to find a buyer.
"You look at David Wheater and you have to look at the contractual side of where we are as a football club," Mowbray confirmed.
"He has got six months to go. He's a player who has openly said he's a huge Boro fan, his family are huge Boro fans and he would love to be here.
"But he wants to play in the Premier League. In an ideal world, he plays in the Premier League with this club, but we are not in a position to give him that at the moment.
"The scenario we wouldn't want is for him to stay here and spend the next six months playing for our team and then walk away for nothing. He is a player that this club has nurtured and brought up through the Academy.
"He has given us a lot of good years, of course, but I think it works both ways.
"We find ourselves in a situation where we need something back for a player that we can try to re-invest back into the team, potentially, rather than him walking away on a Bosman."