Defender Nathaniel Phillips has been training with Liverpool's first team during pre-season.

NINE centre-backs from Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and other Premier League clubs Middlesbrough could sign on loan

Middlesbrough head coach Jonathan Woodgate is hopeful the club will make signings in the final few weeks of the transfer window – with loan deals a possibility ahead of the August 8 deadline.

The Teessiders have been left a man light at the back following Aden Flint’s move to Cardiff last week, and Woodgate may be looking for more cover ahead of the new Championship campaign. We’ve identified nine Premier League centre-backs who Boro could realistically sign on loan this summer.

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