Middlesbrough FC transfer rumours: Goalkeeper linked, Arsenal man staying put plus Jack Clarke latest
Middlesbrough are reportedly lining up a replacement for goalkeeper Darren Randolph following the stopper’s move to West Ham United on Wednesday.
Randolph’s return to the London Stadium has been in the pipeline for some time, with Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate describing it as ‘the longest medical in history.’
The Republic of Ireland international has been sidelined with a thigh injury since the end of November, with academy graduate Aynsley Pears impressing in recent weeks.
Many will feel Pears is the natural replacement for Randolph as Boro’s No 1 keeper, yet it has been claimed the Teessiders are in advanced negotiations with Swiss club St Gallen over a deal for stopper Dejan Stojanovic.
The 26-year-old was born in Austria but has represented Macedonia at Under-21 level.
Stojanovic previously played in the Italian top flight for Bologna before moving to St Gallen in 2016.
It’s been claimed a fee of around £1million has been agreed for Stojanovic to move to the Riverside.
Eddie Nketiah staying put
One player who doesn’t look like he’ll be moving anywhere this month is Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.
The 20-year-old frontman was recently recalled by the Gunners from a loan spell at Leeds United due to his lack of game time.
Boro were linked with the striker in the summer, while Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest were all reportedly interested this month.
However, it now looks like Nketiah will be given a chance to fight for his place at the Emirates Stadium under new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
Jack Clarke latest
Middlesbrough have also been linked with highly-rated Tottenham winger Jack Clarke, with the teenager poised for another loan move to the Championship.
Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate revealed last week that he really likes the player but admitted a move to the Riverside is unlikely.
And, according to the Guardian, Clarke is putting the finishing touches to a loan move to QPR for the remainder of the season.
Clarke, 19, spent the first half of the season on loan at Leeds but made just one league appearance for Marcelo Bielsa’s side during the 2019/20 campaign.