Middlesbrough are planning to recall centre-back, Sam Stubbs, from his loan spell at Hamilton Academical, according to The Daily Record.
Middlesbrough are light in numbers in defence at present, with Dael Fry the only natural central-defender available at Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate’s disposal.
Injuries to the likes of Ryan Shotton, Dani Ayala and George Friend have meant midfield duo Jonny Howson and Paddy McNair have filled in at the back in recent weeks.
However, Stubbs will not be joining up with Middlesbrough’s first team to help their injury crisis, and instead, he will be shipped out on another loan deal.
Hamilton were looking to keep hold of Stubbs until his loan expired at the end of the season, but it is understood that Woodgate is hoping for the 21-year old to secure another temporary move away from the club, with Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag being the front runners for his signature.
The Dutch outfit are now managed by Alan Pardew, and Woodgate believes he will be better suited under the former Newcastle and Crystal Palace managers’ guidance and will aid his development more so than if he remains in the Scottish Premier League.
The Daily Record describes Stubbs as an ‘impressive performer’ so far this season. The Accies are second from bottom in 11th place and are battling for their survival in Scotland’s top flight.
The centre-back spent last season out on loan at Notts County, with the youngster being one of their standout players as they were relegated out of The Football League.