Both Middlesbrough and Reading have been linked with a move for Lokomotiva Zagreb defender Denis Kolinger, according to The Sun.

Middlesbrough’s season may have just ended following their Play Off semi final defeat to Aston Villa, but Tony Pulis is already looking ahead to the 2018/19 campaign. Equally, Reading’s disappointing season must be put behind them, and a rebuilding job may be on the cards.

Both sides are looking to bolster their defensive options, and Denis Kolinger could be an answer to their problems.

The one-time Croatian international defender is keen on a move to England, and could be available for a cut price. His price tag is around £1 million, which wouldn’t set either side back too much in the transfer window.

Kolinger was born in Germany, but qualifies for Croatia through his parents. The 24-year old has impressed this season at Lokomotiva, and he is also on the shortlist for Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Croatian currently has two years left on his current contract with Lokomotiva Zagreb, but he is expected to cut his deal short in order to secure a move to the Championship or to the Premier League this summer.

The Sun describe Kolinger as ‘towering’, and claim he is ‘perfectly suited to the English game’ due to ‘his tough tackling style’.

Although Middlesbrough and Brighton are linked to the centre-back, it may be Reading that would reap the greater benefits. Paul Clement’s side shipped a huge 70 goals throughout the season, and will be looking to tighten up if they can push for promotion once more.

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