Middlesbrough seem to be ‘cash-strapped’ of sorts in recent windows, and could be looking for a cut-price deal in the summer.
Nothing says cut-price quite like a free transfer, and Middlesbrough could be in the market for a number of former targets who are all available for nothing at the end of the season.
Here are five players Boro could move for this summer:
1. Albert Adomah – Aston Villa
Adomah is a former Middlesbrough player, and a fan-favourite at that. He helped Aitor Karanka’s Boro side to a second-place finish in 2016, and would be welcomed back with open arms. He was linked with a move back to Teesside last summer, but a deal never materialised.
2. Nick Powell – Wigan Athletic
The former-Manchester United attacking midfielder is a wanted man, and will have a long list of suitors at the end of the campaign. Leeds, West Brom and Celtic were all reportedly interested alongside Middlesbrough.
3. Alan Hutton – Aston Villa
Boro are currently short in the full-back department with only George Friend and Ryan Shotton at their disposal. Hutton can be utilised at both left-back and right-back and would be a useful experienced option in the short-term.
4. Jonas Knudsen – Ipswich Town
Knudsen has been a Middlesbrough target for a number of transfer windows in a row now and they may reignite their interest again in the summer. Ipswich now look to be nearing relegation to League One, and Knudsen would revel in playing in the second tier for another year.
5. James Morrison – West Bromwich Albion
Another former-Middlesbrough midfielder, James Morrison is a graduate of the illustrious Teesside academy. He has been a bit-part player for West Brom this season, partly due to injury, but he could provide a spark of creativity for a Boro side lacking goals.