Wigan Athletic in talks to sign Middlesbrough defender Ryan Shotton on transfer deadline day

Wigan Athletic are in talks to sign Middlesbrough centre-back Ryan Shotton.

By Joe Nicholson
Thursday, 08 August, 2019, 13:02
Wigan are reportedly in talks to sign Middlesbrough defender Ryan Shotton.

The 30-year-old is into the final year of his contract after joining the Teessiders from Birmingham in 2017 and is one of the higher earners at the club.

A move looks like it will hinge on whether a fee can be agreed.

Boro head coach Jonathan Woodgate said there is a chance players could leave the Riverside before Thursday’s 5pm transfer deadline, providing the deal is right for the club.

Shotton started Boro’s Championship opener at Luton last week but looked uncomfortable in the heart of defence, playing alongside Daniel Ayala.

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One concern, though, is Boro’s lack of options at centre-half following Aden Flint’s move to Cardiff last month.

Club captain George Friend can play at centre-back but Dael Fry is still a couple of weeks away from returning to full-fitness.