Middlesbrough are prepared to sell goalkeeper Aynsley Pears with one year remaining on his contract, Sportsmail understands.
It had been expected that the club would secure the future of the highly-rated stopper, who is the son of former Boro favourite Stephen.
Pears, 22, has appeared 25 times for the Championship club and was first choice for the majority of last season under Jonathan Woodgate.
Middlesbrough keeper Aynsley Pears is set for a surprise exit from Neil Warnock's squad
Pears was used as first-choice keeper for much of Jonathan Woodgate's reign this season
However, Neil Warnock started with Dejan Stojanovic during Friday's 4-3 win over Shrewsbury in the EFL Cup and sources say the club are open to offers for Pears.
That will come as a surprise to many supporters and Pears - a former England youth international - is likely to attract much interest.
His contract expires next summer but, despite talks, it now appears that his days on Teesside are numbered.
Warnock played Dejan Stojanovic between the sticks in Boro's EFL clash with Shrewsbury