Middlesbrough FC transfer news: Jonathan Woodgate reveals thoughts on Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate has revealed he’s a big admirer of Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts, amid reports of a potential loan deal.

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 6:10 am
Patrick Roberts has made just three Premier League appearances during a loan at Norwich this season.

Woodgate all but confirmed Boro are chasing the 22-year-old who looks set to be recalled from a loan spell at Norwich.

Roberts has made just three Premier League appearances for the Canaries this season but is highly rated after impressing on loan at Celtic during the 2016/17 campaign.

When asked about reports linking Boro with the wideman, Woodgate said: “He's been linked: very good player, very, very talented player.

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“Let's see if we can get something done, nothing is done yet. If it does we'll let you know. He's a player I like.”

“I don't want to say anything on it at the minute, it's a long way to go. He's a player I like.”

Despite four straight wins in the Championship, Boro’s squad remains extremely thin, while several injury setbacks haven’t helped the situation.

Woodgate is hopeful more players will join the Teessiders during the January transfer window, but is well aware of the league’s Financial Fair Play regulations.

When asked if Boro are looking to sign players on loan or permanently, Woodgate replied: “I'm sure there will be a little bit there if we want it, but like I say there’s Financial Fair Play.”

The Boro boss also repeated the club don’t need to sell their best players to raise funds this month.