The Northern Echo has reported that Charlton Athletic will move quickly to offer defender Anfernee Dijksteel a new deal at The Valley, amid reported transfer interest from fellow Championship side Middlesbrough.

We reported here on The72 that Middlesbrough’s new manager Jonathon Woodgate is looking to make his mark on his squad this summer by bringing in some new faces, and he has identified the Charlton Athletic’s utility man Anfernee Dijksteel as a potential option.

Charlton are determined to keep Dijksteel at the club upon their return to the Championship, and in order to fight off growing interest from Boro, they will make an offer to the Dutchman to try and tie him down to new terms with the club.

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The Addick’s return to the Championship has been met with chaos off the pitch. At first, it seemed that not only would they be losing star men such as Patrick Bauer and Joe Aribo, but that manager Lee Bowyer would also be leaving.

Bowyer agreed new terms after an initial announcement confirming no deal had been reached while Bauer joined Preston North End. Aribo is yet to make a move away, but it is with the increasing likelihood that he will be heading out of the exit door with Rangers determined to seal his signature.

Charlton are keen to keep departures at a minimum this summer and they do not want to see the back of Djiksteel. The 22-year-old featured frequently for Charlton last season, playing at centre midfield, right-back and centre-back for Bowyer’s side. Dijksteel played in 39 games across all competitions as Charlton won promotion back to the Championship.

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