According to The Mirror, Cardiff City are plotting a move for Middlesbrough centre-back Aden Flint.

Flint only arrived at Middlesbrough a year ago, signing from Bristol City in a deal believed to be in the region of £7 million. Now Cardiff City are hoping to prize the centre-back away from Teesside to bolster their defensive options upon their return to the second tier.

Neil Warnock’s reportedly admires Flint’s physical presence and aerial prowess, and feels the no-nonsense defender would be a perfect fit in the Welsh capital.

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With Middlesbrough looking to reduce their wage bill significantly, and with new management in the form of Jonathan Woodgate, no one is a shoe-in to feature in the team come the start of the season. Cardiff are now preparing a bid to lure Flint away from Boro, and the North-East club could listen to offers.

Flint is in competition with the likes of Dael Fry, Dani Ayala and Ryan Shotton at centre-back. Youngsters Nathan Wood and Sam Stubbs are also coming through and have featured prominently in pre-season, and both could be in and around the first team if Flint was to depart this transfer window.

By Flint’s own admission he stated that he had a poor first season at Middlesbrough last time out, and he may stay to try and repay the faith of the fans, and the transfer fee paid out originally.

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