MIDDLESBROUGH are tracking Forest Green midfielder Charlie Cooper.

The SNJ understands Gary Monk's Championship outfit are monitoring the progress of the former Birmingham City star and look set to make a bid when the transfer merry-go-round swings back into action on January 1.

Cooper, 20, who is the son of Rovers' boss Mark Cooper, penned a two-year deal in the summer after helping Forest Green gain promotion to the Football League.