Middlesbrough are open to selling Marvin Johnson to Sheffield United on a permanent basis, according to the Sheffield Star.

The 28-year-old is currently on loan to the Blades from Boro and has played seven games for them so far since his summer switch.

Johnson, who is a winger, has fallen out-of-favour at the Riverside under Tony Pulis and they are keen to offload him on a permanent basis should Sheffield United see a future for him.

Middlesbrough paid a hefty £3 million to sign Johnson in the summer of 2017 but he has not been a first-team regular for the North-East side. He played just 18 games for them in all competitions in the last campaign.

Johnson worked his way up the leagues having started his career with spells in non-league with Solihull Moors and Kidderminster Harriers. He earned a move to Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in February 2015 and then joined Oxford a year later.

He was a man in-demand after an impressive 2016/17 season with the U’s where he played 52 games in all competitions and chipped in with six goals. Boro saw off competition to land him but it hasn’t worked out for him there for one reason or another.

Sheffield United beat off fellow Championship sides such as Hull City to bring him in on loan on deadline day in August and he has provided Chris Wilder with more squad depth and another option out wide. The opportunity is now there to sign him on a permanent deal, but whether they will or not is yet to be known.

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