, Three sides from abroad monitoring Middlesbrough midfielder

Three sides from abroad monitoring Middlesbrough midfielder

Middlesbrough midfielder Martin Payero is on the radar of three Argentinian clubs, according to The Northern Echo.

Middlesbrough signed Payero from Atletico Banfield in his native Argentina last summer but he has only gone on to play a total of 12 times in the Championship since making the switch from South America.

Most of his appearances came under former boss Neil Warnock. With Chris Wilder taking the reins in November 2021, Payero didn’t start a single game under the new manager, making just four substitute appearances. However, in three of the four games that he was introduced as a sub he played less than five minutes.

Across his 12 appearances he scored one goal, away at Cardiff City, and registered one assist.

After failing to cement himself in the first-team fold under Wilder, this has got several clubs in his homeland on alert.

Atletico Banfield are looking into the possibility of re-signing the 23-year-old, but they face competition from two giants of Argentinian football in River Plate and Boca Juniors.

It is not known whether the trio are pursuing a permanent deal or a loan deal for the player, or whether the Teessiders would even entertain offers this summer.

He currently has two years remaining on his current contract and they would want to recuperate the majority of the fee paid to Banfield last August.

Middlesbrough do have plenty of options in the centre of midfield with Jonny Howson, Marcus Tavernier, Matt Crooks, and Riley McGree seemingly ahead of Payero in the pecking order.However, Wilder regularly deploys a midfield three and so Boro will need options in case any injuries occur, so any decisions on Payero’s future won’t be made hastily.

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