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Middlesbrough agree deal to sign goalkeeper on two-year deal

Middlesbrough are set to sign Northampton Town goalkeeper Liam Roberts on a two-year deal, The Northampton Chronicle & Echo have confirmed.

Middlesbrough are reportedly listening to offers for first-team goalkeeper duo Luke Daniels and Joe Lumley, with the latter having already made the switch to Reading on a season-long loan.

They are in the market for two goalkeepers and are monitoring the likes of Manchester United’s Tom Heaton, Watford’s Ben Foster, and Crystal Palace’s Jack Butland, amongst others.

But despite the links to three former England shot stoppers, it is a League Two goalkeeper that Middlesbrough have acquired.

Roberts played all 46 league games for the Cobblers last season, keeping 21 clean sheets in the process and conceding 38 goals, helping his side to a fourth placed finish in League Two.

He joined from Walsall last summer but only signed a one-year deal. He was offered fresh terms at Northampton Town in recent weeks, but he ultimately turned them down for pastures new.

The 27-year-old will sign a two-year deal at Middlesbrough and will be a free transfer.

He has spent all of his career playing in divisions below the Championship, turning out for Walsall in League One and League Two, Northampton Town in League Two, and Chester in the National League.

Roberts will be hoping for a chance in the first-team at Boro, but it is believed that Chris Wilder wants to sign two goalkeepers this summer, and so Roberts would likely be second choice if they can secure a move for a big name goalie.

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