“He’s a player we’re interested in, and we made a bid that has been accepted,” Monk said.

“We’d like that process to happen as soon as possible but it’s ongoing.

“We’ll leave that with the two clubs and hopefully it can be done sooner rather than later.”

Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp has intimated that he is keen to secure a replacement for Shotton before allowing any deal to be concluded with a Boro.

And Monk says that the club are continuing to work hard behind the scenes with two weeks of the transfer window remaining.

“There’s always speculation, that’s the same for every club,” he said.

“But we’ve got a few positions we’d like to fill in in the squad, like centre-back and an attacking option.

“We’ve been dealing with transfers in and out all season, and each is a separate issue. It’s down to planning and communication from our side, and we’ve done well so far.”