Middlesbrough FC news: Reported target has his price as Boro wait on Paddy McNair decision

Bristol Rovers would consider offers for reported Middlesbrough target Jonson Clarke-Harris according to the club’s CEO Martyn Starnes.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 5:26 pm

Clarke-Harris, who has scored eight goals in 11 League One appearances this season, was reportedly being tracked by a clutch of Championship clubs in the summer, including Boro, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Hull City.

Yet, according to Bristol Live, no offers have been made for the 25-year-old frontman who signed for the Gas from Coventry in the summer.

Starnes, though, has admitted that every player has a price, including the club’s top scorer.

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Bristol Rovers striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has scored eight goals in 11 league games this season.

"Every player has a value so if an offer came in for Jonson Clarke-Harris or anybody else in the club we would have to consider what's in the best interest of the club," Starnes told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Would it be in the best interest of the club to sell the player, is it in the best interest to retain the player? That's part of the football business. We have that challenge every transfer window."

Boro confirm McNair appeal

Back on Teesside, it’s been confirmed that Boro have appealed Paddy McNair’s red card following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Swansea.

The Northern Ireland international is set to miss fixtures against Stoke, Huddersfield and West Brom over the festive period but could feature against the Potters on Friday if the decision is overturned.

McNair received a straight red card after appearing to elbow Swansea’s Matt Grimes.

Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate said after the game: “Paddy's is not a red in my view. We'll definitely be appealing Paddy's.”

Under-23s get back to winning ways

Finally, Boro’s under-23 side ended a four-game winless run in Premier League 2, Division 2, on Monday night after a 3-2 victory at Stoke.

The game at Harrison Park was the last fixture of 2019 for Graeme Lee’s side, as the Teessiders claimed all three points thanks to a brace from Isaiah Jones and Connor Malley header.

Ben Liddle, Stephen Walker, Tyrone O'Neill and Nathan Wood also featured for Boro.