Middlesbrough FC news and transfer rumours: Trialist reports plus Derby County concern

Middlesbrough have reportedly handed short-term trials to two young players.

Wednesday, 30th October 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th October 2019, 6:00 am
Middlesbrough FC news.

The Daily Mail have reported Boro are taking a look at striker Ronaldo Soberwale and Evangelos-Nikalaos Empochontsif as they consider whether to sign the pair.

Soberwale, 22, is a cousin of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba and is said to be attracting interest from a clutch of clubs.

West Brom, Fulham, Leicester and Watford have all been linked with the striker who has impressed for non-League club Whyteleafe this season.

Randolph makes the Ireland squad

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Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph has been included in the Republic of Ireland’s provisional 39-man squad ahead of next month’s international break.

Mick McCarthy’s side have a friendly against New Zealand before a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Denmark on November 18.

Randolph has missed Boro’s last two league games with a thigh injury but McCarthy seems confident the stopper will ready in time.

Derby concerns

Finally, Boro’s next opponents Derby County have a couple of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s meeting at Pride Park.

Stand in captain Curtis Davies suffered a broken nose in the Rams’ 1-0 win over Wigan earlier this month, but did play with a protective mask against Hull last time out.

However, manager Phillip Cocu admitted after the game there are still some concerns.

"We were a little bit worried about his cheekbone, but it is not broken and that is why he could play,” said Cocu. “He had the mask just to protect his nose.”