Newly promoted Premier League side Aston Villa are in the market for a goalkeeper this summer and have already identified Jack Butland and Tom Heaton as possible acquisitions.
With interest cooling in Stoke City’s Butland, Aston Villa have instead turned their attention to Middlesbrough ‘keeper Darren Randolph as a back up option to Heaton, according to The Telegraph.
Randolph made it into the PFA Championship Team of the Season last campaign, and Boro are readying themselves for offers given his stellar performances for club and country.
The Republic of Ireland number one has been excellent since arriving from West Ham United for a £5 million fee, and it is expected Boro would like to recoup the majority, if not all, of the transfer fee paid out to the Hammers back in 2017.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side have recently re-signed Tomas Mejias from Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, and the Spaniard was expected to play second fiddle to Randolph. However, if Villa were to get their man, it could be Mejias to come to the fore and grab the number one spot.
Another highly rated Middlesbrough goalkeeper Aynsley Pears was told he could leave the club on loan this summer. But if Randolph was to depart, Woodgate may need to consider his stance on the 21-year old, who was Gateshead’s Player of the Season last season in the National League.
After Randolph’s stand-out season at Boro, it is difficult to see the hierarchy at the club rolling over and accepting an offer under their valuation. He was the club’s player of the season in 2018/19 and they will admittedly do all they can to make sure he remains a Middlesbrough player.