According to The Sun, Middlesbrough are eyeing a move for Charlton Athletic right back Anfernee Dijksteel.

New Middlesbrough Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate is keen to take advantage of his connections by poaching defender Anfernee Dijksteel from former-teammate Lee Bowyer at Charlton Athletic.

The versatile defender is primarily a right back, but he has also been deployed at centre back, left back, and in central midfield. Being a utility man will always stand him in good stead, and Woodgate is keen to add him to the ranks at Boro.

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Dijksteel made 39 appearances for the Addicks last season, and played a huge part in getting the South-East London side promoted back to the Championship via the Play Offs.

He arrived from the Nike Football Academy in 2016, but only really became a first team fixture last season. The Netherlands under-20 international is now 22 and will want to play at the highest level. Although Charlton and Middlesbrough will be competing alongside one another in the second tier, Boro are expected to challenge at the top end of the table.

The Teessiders currently have limited options in the full back department with only Ryan Shotton and George Friend at their disposal.

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Shotton, who was originally signed as a centre back under former boss Garry Monk was deployed mainly as a right back under Tony Pulis having played there under the Welshman at Stoke City.

Friend is the longest serving player at the club having signed in 2012 admittedly, but Boro will be looking to freshen up their options ahead of next season.


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