Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has revealed he expects serious offers for David Wheater during the January transfer window.
Central defender Wheater was on target with a towering first-half header in the 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road.
Wheater is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to be sold to ensure the defender does not leave for nothing.
A clutch of Premier League clubs are tracking the 23-year-old and Mowbray is resigned to the home-grown product moving on.
And after seeing the defender put in a superb display at Elland Road, Mowbray said: "Everyone's speculating about David, but we'll wait and see what happens.
"He's an important part of our team, but wants to play in the Premier League and my job is to find a replacement if he does leave.
"People keep asking about David and talking about where he will be at the end of the month. From my point of view I'm absolutely delighted that he has not let all of this affect him and continues to produce special performances for us.
"He's a valuable asset but we know that he is out of contract in the summer and can walk away for nothing. We don't want that to happen because when you've got a valuable asset you need to cash in if you can when he leaves the club.
"But we have to try to stick to our valuations, too. We know what we are looking for, and so we will wait to see what January brings."
The Boro boss was left frustrated after seeing Leeds snatch a point with an injury-time Luciano Becchio goal moments after Justin Hoyte slipped with the United net at his mercy as the visitors looked to put the result beyond doubt.
Mowbray said: "We have to learn to kill these games off. It's frustrating that 10 seconds before we conceded the equaliser we had three men in their six-yard box.
"Hoyte's gone and slipped on his backside, otherwise it would have been 2-0 and finished, but that's football."
Leeds manager Simon Grayson admitted his side were showing signs of fatigue after the third of four matches during a 10-day period and expressed his delight after Becchio's late equaliser.
He added: "This feels like a victory, whereas the draw with Portsmouth in our last game felt like a defeat.
"We knew Middlesbrough were going to be a good team and keep possession of the ball, but we were just a little bit flat.
"Maybe it was to do with the fact it was the third game for us and only Middlesbrough's second over the Christmas period, but you've got to give credit to the players who kept going and managed to grind out a result."
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