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Middlesbrough join race to sign Real Madrid starlet

Real Madrid are looking to offload some fringe players on loan this season, and new manager Julen Lopetegui has shown plenty of youngsters the exit door already this transfer window, sending many out on loan across the globe.

With 10 players currently out on loan, Real Madrid are still allowing fringe players to leave the club on short term deals. One of these players is 19-year old Martin Ødegaard, who has spent the last two years in the Eredivisie in the Netherlands with Heerenveen.

According to TeamTalk, Middlesbrough have been offered the chance to sign the Real Madrid starlet on a season long loan. Fellow-Championship clubs Aston villa and Derby County are also reported to be interested in bringing the Norwegian international to England, as reported on The 72 yesterday.

Within the same report, TeamTalk claim that Ødegaard has offers from across Europe, with an offer to return to the Netherlands on the table, as well as sides in France, Italy and Spain expressing an interest.

It is unclear what the midfielder’s preference is at the moment, but the likes of Middlesbrough, Villa and Derby face serious competition, and will be hoping to progress with talks before the loan window shuts at the end of August.

Ødegaard currently earns £30,000 a week at Madrid, and Real have told the Championship clubs that they will need to pay the teenager’s wages in full, as opposed to splitting payments between them and his parent club in La Liga.

He signed for the Spanish giants in 2015 from Strømsgodset in his native Norway, but has only gone on to make one appearance for the Real senior team, and is actively looking to get some playing time under his belt.

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