5 free agents that could interest Middlesbrough this summer

Could this striker interest Middlesbrough?
Could this striker interest Middlesbrough?

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is on the lookout for new recruits - and there's plenty of free agents that could add some value to his side.

While Pulis won't be solely reliant on free transfers, the Boro boss may be looking to bring in a couple of cost-effective additions as his side gear up for an assault on the Championship summit.

So what options are available this summer?

There's a host of free agents keen to find a new club ahead of the new campaign, and some of them could definitely add value to his Middlesbrough side.

Here's five free transfers that may interest Middlesbrough this summer:

ROBERT HUTH

Previous club: Leicester City

Position: Defender

It's a name that has done the rounds plenty this summer - and for good reason.

The German enforcer is a fans' favourite at the Riverside Stadium after a previous three-year stint on Teesside and a return could be on the cards this summer.

Middlesbrough are favourites to snap up Huth with the bookmakers, although there have been no indications of concrete interest in the 33-year-old yet.

But with Ben Gibson widely tipped to leave Boro this summer, Huth could prove a reliable replacement - if only for the short-term.

GARETH McAULEY

Previous club: West Brom

Position: Defender

Another centre back who may interest Pulis, who was a big admirer of McAuley during his time at West Brom.

The Northern Irish international was a key part of the Baggies' side under Pulis where his natural leadership abilities shone through.

Strong in the air and tough in the tackle, he could be a ready-made and experienced replacement if Gibson does move on.

West Brom are yet to confirm if McAuley will be offered a new contract for next season, but clubs will undoubtedly be circling around the defender already.

ALAN HUTTON

Previous club: Aston Villa

Position: Defender

Heavily linked with Middlesbrough this summer, Hutton is attracting plenty of interest as his contract at Villa Park runs to an end.

Steve Bruce is keen to keep hold of the Scottish international, who was a key part of his side last season as they reached the play-off final.

But the Villains unlikely to hand the full-back a new deal given their current financial predicament and Boro and Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested.

Vastly experienced and strong defensively, the defender would offer some much-needed nous while also providing the versatility of being able to play on either side of the back four.

NADIR CIFTCI

Previous club: Celtic

Position: Forward

While he may be unproven in the Championship, Ciftci could have the potential to excel in the second tier.

He departed Parkhead earlier this summer having struggled to make an impact and will be keen to prove his worth at a new club.

Quick and with an eye for goal, Ciftci's adaptability could see him play out wide or centrally in the forward line.

His record may not stand-out, but if he can rediscover the consistency that saw him shoot to prominence at Dundee United then he could be a fine addition.

JAMES MORRISON

Previous club: West Brom

Position: Midfielder

Another name that has been linked with a move to the Riverside Stadium this summer is that of Morrison.

Similarly to McAuley, Morrison is well-known to Pulis and the Boro faithful and could certainly be relied upon technically in the centre of the park.

But questions must be raised over his fitness, with West Brom boss Darren Moore reluctant to hand the midfielder a new deal until he proves his worth in pre-season.

That hesitance could see Boro swoop in to snap up the cultured midfielder, who would add some steel and flair into their engine room.