According to The Northern Echo, Middlesbrough defender Aden Flint is set to have a medical at recently relegated side Cardiff City within the next 24 hours.

Middlesbrough have agreed a deal with Cardiff over the sale of defender Aden Flint, just a year after his £7 million move from Bristol City. The initial figure is believed to be £4 million, but this could rise to £6 million, meaning the Teessiders will be making a loss on the centre-back.

During his 12 months in the North-East he was first choice alongside Dani Ayala and Dael Fry, but with new management at the helm, and with Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate keen to play out from the back, Flint seems to be surplus to requirements.

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Ayala, Fry and Ryan Shotton will now be in rotation in central defence, with the likes of Nathan Wood and Sam Stubbs just a couple of youngsters who could be knocking on the first team door next season in Flint’s absence.

Woodgate recently spoke out about promoting from within rather than dipping into the transfer market unnecessarily and ‘wasting the Chairman’s money’, so it is not yet known whether they will look to replace Flint with a new signing this summer, of whether Wood or Stubbs will get their chance.

Flint played 35 league games last season for Middlesbrough, and despite his reputation as a goalscoring centre-back, he managed to muster just one goal, scoring in the 3-0 win over eventual promoted side Sheffield United in the second game of the season in the last campaign.

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