Liverpool chasing Middlesbrough's Wheater
Wheater spent much of last season on loan at League Two Darlington but has won rave reviews after grabbing his chance with four goals in 22 games - including a run of three in the last five.
He is out of contract at the end of the season but is close to signing a new £12,000-a-week deal to pledge his long-term future to his hometown club.
Boro boss Gareth Southgate said: "I'm confident he'll be signing a new contract.
"He's a Teesside boy and he loves playing for the club because we give young lads a chance more than other clubs."