Middlesbrough secured the signing of Muhamed Besic from Everton this week, but are still looking to bolster their midfield options.

Middlesbrough also signed Paddy McNair earlier in the window from Sunderland, and have plenty of competition in the middle of the park with Adam Clayton, Grant Leadbitter, Jonny Howson and Lewis Wing fighting for places.

According to The Evening Gazette, Tony Pulis’ side have revived their interest in Millwall midfielder George Saville, who the Teessiders had made an official bid for earlier in the window. The initial bid was £5 million for both Saville and teammate Jed Wallace, however this was ultimately rejected with both players staying put at The Den.

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The report suggests that Saville could sign on a season-long loan before Friday’s deadline, with a view to buy either in January or in the summer, with a fee of £5 million having been agreed between the clubs.

Saville is a versatile midfielder who can play anywhere across the middle, in attacking midfield or even at left-back, where he filled in at Wolves as a youngster when making his way into the team.

The 25-year old has been one of the standout players for Millwall since arriving in 2017 for just £500,000 from Wolves, but the London side may be ready to cash in on their prized asset, and could be set to make a profit ten times his initial fee.

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Saville scored 10 goals last season in 44 games, and his performances earned him a call up to the Northern Irish national team; he made his debut against Germany soon after.


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