Middlesbrough are planning to raid Swansea City to sign Kyle Bartley according to a report from Wales Online.

Following their relegation from the Premier League, Middlesbrough finally appointed a new head coach to replace Aitor Karanka who left earlier in the season with Garry Monk coming into the hot seat. He is coming off the back of a great year with Leeds when he shocked everyone by getting them to challenge for a place for the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, though they would eventually miss out thanks to a late run of poor form.

And now that Monk is at the Riverside, he is set to bring some familiar players to the club to help in their attempt to get promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt. The player he wants to sign is Bartley, a player he first worked at when he was Swansea but then signed on loan when he became the manager of Leeds. And now they could reunite for the third time if Middlesbrough are able to sign him.

For now though Bartley is going to get his chance to break into the Swansea first team, something he hasn’t been able to do since moving there in 2016. Their head coach Paul Clement wants to have a close look at him during pre-season and that is when he will make the decision on whether or not he wants to keep him in South Wales or if the 26-year-old defender will be allowed to once again link up with Monk.

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