Middlesbrough are set to complete the signing of Oxford United winger Marvin Johnson within the next 24 hours, according to the Northern Echo.
The two clubs appear to have agree a fee of £2.5 million that could rise to £3 million depending on appearances.
The 26-year-old arrived at the Kassam Stadium on last year’s summer transfer deadline day from Scottish outfit Motherwell for an undisclosed fee, believed to be a club-record sum.
Johnson was ever-present in his debut campaign for the U’s, making 52 appearances for Oxford in all competitions, scoring 6 goals. New boss Pep Clotet, who took the reins following Mark Appleton’s decision to become assistant manager to old friend Craig Shakespeare at Leicester City, was keen to keep hold of the winger, although Boro’s offer was too large to turn down.
Johnson hasn’t featured for Oxford since his side’s victory over newly-promoted Portsmouth on August 12th due to a hamstring trouble, but this injury won’t stall any progress in concluding the deal.
In signing the talented winger, Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk is effectively ending his side’s interest in Brentford’s much-coveted Spanish attacker, Jota. The Bees star is valued at around £8 million, with Boro unsurprisingly having a bid of £4.5 million turned down for his services last week.
The Northern Echo also report that Middlesbrough don’t expect to be too busy before the deadline tomorrow, although Ryan Shotton, or maybe even Aden Flint could be arriving at the Riverside in the final few hours of this summer’s transfer window.