JONATHAN WOODGATE has confirmed his interest in Patrick Roberts, with Middlesbrough officials hoping to push through a loan deal for the Manchester City winger in the next few days.

Roberts’ current loan deal at Norwich City is set to be cancelled, with the Manchester City hierarchy frustrated at the 22-year-old’s lack of opportunities at Carrow Road.

The youngster has not made a single Premier League start this season, and Manchester City’s coaching staff are keen to send him into the Championship in the second half of the season in order to increase his chances of securing regular first-team football.

Middlesbrough officials have discussed a loan deal to the end of the campaign, with Woodgate a firm admirer of a player who impressed in three previous temporary spells with Scottish champions Celtic.

“He’s been linked, and he’s a very good player, a very, very talented player,” said Woodgate, who watched his side make it four wins out of four over the festive period as they claimed a 2-0 victory at Preston. “Let’s see if we can get something done.

“Nothing is done yet, if it gets done, we’ll let you know, but he’s a player I like. Let’s wait and see. I don’t want to say anything on it at the minute because it’s a long way to go. But he’s a player I like.”

Woodgate is targeting a number of potential loan deals involving clubs in the Premier League, but has also been assured there is money to spend this month.

The extent of his dealing will be influenced by what happens in terms of departures, with injured trio Darren Randolph, Ryan Shotton and Britt Assombalonga all having been linked with possible exits.

“I’m sure there will be a little bit (of money) there if we want it,” said Woodgate. “But like I’ve been saying, we have to fit in with Financial Fair Play.

“Let’s see what comes available outside of our team, but for the moment, I’d like to concentrate on our team because they’ve been fantastic, down to the bare bones.”