Middlesbrough set to sign ex-Leeds United and Fulham stopper - reports

Andy Lonergan could be set for a move to Teesside
Andy Lonergan could be set for a move to Teesside

Middlesbrough are set to sign former Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, according to reports.

The Teesside Gazette claim that a move for the experienced stopper is set to be finalised, in a move which leaves fellow goalkeeper Connor Ripley's future in the balance.

Lonergan, 34, left Leeds in July after his second spell at Elland Road was cut short just twelve month into his two-year deal - meaning he will be able to sign for Boro as a free agent.

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A product of Preston North End's youth academy, Lonergan has also represented Bolton, Fulham and Wolves among others during a career which has seen him rack up over 380 appearances.

Now, the 'keeper is set for a move to the Riverside Stadium where he will battle with Darren Randolph and Dimi Konstantopoulos for a starting spot under Tony Pulis.

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The move for Lonergan, however, could spell the end of Connor Ripley's time on Teesside with the 25-year-old now facing an uncertain future.

A string of impressive loan spells failed to earn the young stopper a chance in the Boro first team, and the Gazette claim that the club will not stand in Ripley's way should they receive an appropriate offer for his services.