Middlesbrough target Sunderland stopper Jon McLaughlin

Middlesbrough are targeting highly-rated Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin as a replacement for Darren Randolph if leaves the club – a report from TeamTalk has suggested.

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, 11:45 am
Jon McLaughlin in action for Sunderland in the League One play-off semi-finals.

The deal could depend on Stoke losing England star Jack Butland, 26, to a Premier League club this summer.

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If Butland does depart the Potteries, manager Nathan Jones may be tempted to make a move for the Randolph, 32, who was voted Championship Goalkeeper of the Year.

And Boro Chairman Steve Gibson mightn't be in a position to turn down money should Stoke come calling, which could force new boss Jonathan Woodgate to swoop for McLaughlin, 31, who enjoyed a stand-out season on Wearside.

Similarly, Sunderland would be unlikely to refuse a decent sum if Middlesbrough were to bid for the Scottish international, with manager Jack Ross targeting free transfers – notably former Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.