Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel provides Harold Moukoudi update amid Middlesbrough interest

Saint-Etienne manager Claude Puel has confirmed Middlesbrough’s interest in centre-back Harold Moukoudi but insists a deal is not done yet.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 1:54 pm
Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel has confirmed Middlesbrough's interest in defender Harold Moukoudi.

Boro are trying to sign the 22-year-old on loan until the end of the season ahead of tonight’s 11pm deadline.

The Teessiders have been looking to bring in another centre-back this month, yet attempts to sign Burnley’s Ben Gibson and Leicester’s Filip Benkovic have proved tricky.

French newspaper L'Equipe claimed on Thursday that Boro were close to agreeing a deal for Moukoudi, yet Puel says there is still work to do.

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"It is not yet done for Harold Moukoudi at Middlesbrough,” said Puel.

"No other departures or arrivals are planned before this evening."

Moukoudi played against Boro at the Riverside during a pre-season friendly back in July.

The defender signed for Saint-Etienne from second-tier club Le Havre in the summer but has made just 11 Ligue 1 appearances this season.