Middlesbrough have made contact with Liverpool ahead of a potential pursuit of defender Ben Davies, according to a report from The Liverpool Echo.
Middlesbrough are looking to bolster their ranks this summer having missed out on the Championship top six on the final day. Chris Wilder’s side finished in seventh on 70 points, just five points outside of the play-offs.
They have also allowed three first-team defenders to leave the club at the end of the month, with Lee Peltier, Sol Bamba, and Neil Taylor all departing.
With the experienced trio departing, Wilder is looking for replacements and has identified Davies as a potential new recruit.
Signed for £500,000 in February 2021, Davies was brought in from Preston North End to provide cover for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez. However, the move has not been a fruitful one for either party.
The 26-year-old has yet to make an appearance for the Reds, and was loaned out to Sheffield United for the 2021-22 campaign, where he played 22 games out of a possible 46. He was even left out of the matchday squad for the Blades on 13 occasions and so is looking to revive his career as quickly as possible.
That opportunity could come in the form of Middlesbrough, although the Championship side do face competition from elsewhere.
Along with the Teessiders, Scottish champions Celtic have also made an enquiry to sign Davies this summer.
According to the report, Liverpool will demand a transfer package worth £4 million, making a huge profit on the initial £500,000 payment made nearly 18 months ago. They are not opposed to a loan exit although a permanent deal would be far more likely.