As reported on The72 earlier today, Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry has been subject to interest from Premier League sides Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Bournemouth, as well as Scottish Premier League champions Celtic.
Fry has gained attention for his performances this season, having become an integral part of Middlesbrough’s back line, with the Teessiders having kept the most clean sheets in the Championship so far this campaign.
Having broke into the side a few seasons ago, Fry has gone from strength to strength, and now has found himself in the starting eleven, competing with the likes of Aden Flint, Dani Ayala and Danny Batth.
According to TEAMtalk, a source close to the club said that Middlesbrough would not be selling the defender amongst the interest from the Premier League, as Fry is enjoying his time playing for his hometown club.
“Dael is very happy at Boro and he is enjoying playing under Tony Pulis, and the club don’t need to sell – so there is little appetite at the club to listen to any offers”, said the source.
“Boro are aware of the clubs looking at Dael, but that is nothing new and they are confident he won’t be pushing for a move himself.”
Another homegrown defender Ben Gibson left the club in the summer to join Premier League side Burnley, and Pulis admitted that Fry was the perfect man to fill the void left by the former-captain.
With playing time at a premium for Gibson in the Premier League, Fry may want to avoid a similar fate by moving up to the top tier prematurely, and playing week-in-week-out for Middlesbrough admittedly seems the best way to aid his development for the time being.