New Middlesbrough Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate was in attendance for England under-21s Euro defeat to Romania this week, and he could be eyeing potential new signings.
Middlesbrough are looking to get energetic, ball-playing footballers through the door in a bid to play attacking attractive football under new gaffer Woodgate.
All but two players in the under-21’s set up currently ply their trade in the Premier League, or are at least on the books at top flight teams. Some of these may be looking for regular football away from their parent clubs, and could drop down into the Championship to get the playing time they desperately need.
Here are three England under-21 internationals that could interest Middlesbrough this summer:
1. Kieran Dowell – Everton
Dowell spent last season on loan at Championship runners-up Sheffield United, but he didn’t fully establish himself as a permanent fixture in the side. The attacking midfielder scored two goals in 16 appearances, and could be available for loan again this summer.
2. Jake Clarke-Salter – Chelsea
The England under-21 captain endured a fruitful spell at Vitesse in the Netherlands last season, and if Boro were looking for a ball playing centre-back to play alongside Dael Fry next season, Clarke-Salter could be their man.
3. Mason Mount – Chelsea
Mount could be banging on the Chelsea door next season, especially if their transfer ban is upheld. Another factor could be Frank Lampard. If the Chelsea-legend becomes Blues boss, Mount could be part of his plans.
But if he couldn’t be guaranteed playing time, he could be shipped back out to the Championship with Teesside a possible destination.