MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray is keen to snap up Newcastle striker Xisco on loan.
The Magpies are keen to offload the 24-year-old Spaniard, who has managed just three starts since arriving for more than £5million in August, 2008.
Xisco is believed to earn around £50,000 a week, but Boro would only look to pay a portion of his wages.
Meanwhile, Mowbray is determined to secure the future of Andrew Taylor – as a midfielder.
The 24-year-old left-back has returned to the Riverside after a successful loan stint at Watford, impressing Mowbray in his first two appearances back in Boro colours.
And the maager said: “My job is to try and persuade Andrew that his future is with Middlesbrough. He has great ball retention and a football brain.
“I think he can be a high-class midfielder, which means he’s got some thinking to do because I know he has previously seen himself only as a left-back because that is where he has played most of his football.
“Ultimately, whether he stays or goes at this point is my decision because he is our footballer.
“The boy is trying to make a footballing decision and I’m trying to convince him that he can make a top-class midfield player, where possibly he can take his career to a new level.”
Mowbray is also excited by the progress of young midfielder Cameron Park, saying: “Somewhere down the line he will be a quality footballer. The Riverside needs some new heroes and Cameron is a new hero in the making, maybe a year down the line. He is exciting to watch and an untapped talent.”
Boro have no match tomorrow, but are back in action when fellow strugglers Scunthorpe visit for a crucial Championship clash on Tuesday.
Boro could let ex-Aberdeen striker Lee Miller join Scunny before the deadline closes. Whether or not he would then play against the Teessiders in his debut is open to question.