Middlesbrough FC news and transfer rumours: Jonathan Woodgate almost signed Tottenham defender plus contract uncertainty for reported target

Jonathan Woodgate has revealed Middlesbrough were close to signing Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers last year.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 6:00 am

The 23-year-old centre-back is on loan at Bournemouth, where Woodgate is now the head coach, and has started the Cherries’ last six league games.

“I’ve been really impressed,” Woodgate told the Bournemouth Echo when asked about Carter-Vickers.

“I’ve done a lot of work on Cameron last year because I was close to taking him when I was at Middlesbrough – so I knew all about him.

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Bournemouth defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Bournemouth defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.

“Then in lockdown, I’d done a lot more work on him as well. I spoke to a lot of people for him.

“We were going to look at him for this season, if I’d have still been in charge at Middlesbrough. He was heavily on my list.”

MK Dons prospect has a decision to make

Boro are one of several clubs who have been credited with interest in MK Dons left-back Matthew Sorinola.

The 20-year-old has made 21 appearances in League One this season and has also been linked with several Premier League clubs, including Leeds, West Ham and Newcastle.

When asked about the Sorinola’s situation, MK Dons boss Russell Martin said: "The situation with him hasn't changed.

"He got offered a contract a long time ago, one which we consider fair and fits in with the structure of our club and for a young player but he hasn't signed it. There has been no real discussion from his end.

"He has a decision to make at some point, but I cannot let it rumble on to the end of the season – that's not ideal for anyone."

Wins for Bournemouth and Barnsley

Finally, Boro remained ninth in the Championship after Wednesday’s results but are now five points off the play-off places with 12 games to go.

That is because Bournemouth scored a late winner to win 2-1 at Bristol City and move back into the top six.

Barnsley are just a point behind the Cherries in seventh, and have a game in hand on the teams around them, following a 3-1 win at QPR.

Boro’s next opponents Swansea scored a stoppage-time winner to beat Stoke 2-1 after a late Andre Ayew penalty.

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