Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has warned fans that falling attendances at The Riverside will hinder his January transfer strategy.

Last weekend's 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa was played out in front of thousands of empty seats at The Riverside as Boro's wretched league form continued.

"When we are talking about looking to bring people in, obviously if we had 35,000 every week, we would have more funds to spend than with 25,000," Southgate said.

"But we cannot expect to fill the stadium until we are winning matches more regularly.

"I cannot complain about crowds until I get the results, but clearly, in the end it impacts on our funds to spend as well."