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Middlesbrough pushing to sign Chelsea defender

Middlesbrough are actively looking to bolster their defensive options to provide cover at both centre-back and full-back and Boro have identified Chelsea’s Tomas Kalas as a prime target according to The Guardian.

Tomas Kalas spent the second half of the 2014-15 season with Middlesbrough and re-joined the club on loan for the following campaign. Many Boro fans felt Kalas could have joined them in their Premier League season in 2016-17 but instead chose Fulham.

After spending two years on loan at Fulham and gaining promotion yet again, Chelsea are looking to let Kalas leave the club on another short term spell to get valuable playing time.

The defender can play at centre-back and at right-back and would be a good utility man for Middlesbrough heading into a long season. Kalas is a player that has the Championship experience and know how that Pulis looks for in a new signing, and would be a good acquisition for Boro.

The Czech Republic international has been at Chelsea for eight years, and has only made two Premier League appearances for the Blues, and has been sent out on loan to five different clubs, including Vitesse Arnhem and FC Koln, as well two spells in the English second tier.

Chelsea are looking to offload plenty of players on their books, including Kenneth Omeruo, who also had two seasons on loan at Middlesbrough under Aitor Karanka. Ola Aina, Michael Hector, Izzy Brown, Charlie Musonda and Lucas Piazon have all also been told they are surplus to requirements at the moment, and will be placed on the loan list.

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