Rotherham United are currently in talks to sign Middlesbrough’s Lewis Maloney according to a report from HITC Sport.

The Middlesbrough academy is noted for the amount of first team players it has managed to produce, meaning that their youngsters are prized by other clubs because even if they don’t make it on Teesside, there is a good chance they will still be a useful addition to another team.

And that is what seems to be happening with Maloney. The 21-year-old midfielder has shown plenty of promise in Middlesbrough’s developmental teams and their head coach Aitor Karanka has named to him to a few of their match day squad, though he has never been able to get onto the pitch to make his debut.

However his current contract is set to expire and it appears that Middlesbrough will not be offering him a new deal. This may be unfortunate for the Northern Ireland U21 international but it is testament to his talent that teams are already circling and looking for his signature but it appears that Rotherham are the team which will get the chance to sign him.

The Millers have started talks with Maloney so he can start training with the club so interim head coach Paul Warne can get a longer look at the midfielder before potentially signing him, This move could still be a loan where they sign Maloney on a free transfer at the end of the season or be a permanent deal where they sign him for a small fee now so they don’t risk losing him to another team when the 2016/17 season is over.

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