Middlesbrough have reportedly made a breakthrough with their third bid for Charlton defender Anfernee Dijksteel, according to TeessideLive.

Middlesbrough had initially had two bids for Dijkseetl turned down by Charlton, but it appears that their third bid for the fullback has, in fact, met Charlton’s asking price. The 22-year-old is a hot prospect and has been tracked relentlessly by Middlesbrough who ranked him as one of their top targets of the summer.

Bristol City are also reportedly interested in the signing of Dijksteel but at the moment it is Middlesbrough who are in the driving seat, with a move up north looking likely now for the Dutch defender.

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The news of the breakthrough will come to the dismay of Charlton fans and Lee Bowyer himself, who was told by Charlton’s controversial owner that Dijksteel was not for sale. Bowyer appears to have been left in the dark regarding the transfer and claims he “didn’t know” what the future holds for their star defender.

At only 22, Dijksteel can operate in defence or midfield and became a main staple of Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic side that won promotion to League One via the playoffs last season. The full-back has also appeared for the Netherland’s U20 international side.

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