Player News - Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough have completed the signing of West Ham striker Ashley for a fee of £6.5 million.

The 21-year-old, who joined West Ham from Manchester United in 2016, scored once in 20 games last season for the Hammers. Fletcher also spent time with the club's Premier League 2 side, scoring three goals and assisting twice as he helped the U23s gain promotion to Premier League 2 Division 1. He now joins the Championship club on a four-year deal and will link up with another former Hammer, goalkeeper Darren Randolph, on Teesside. Said manager Slaven Bilic: ""We got a fantastic offer for Ashley and ideally I wanted to help him with a different kind of scenario, but at the end of the day the offer was so good for the Club and for him personally."
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 03:43:00 PM

Darren Randolph will join Middlesbrough on a permanent transfer once he completes a medical and agrees to personal terms with the Championship club.

Randolph spent a period of last season as West Ham's first-choice goalkeeper, displacing Adrian early in the term. The 30-year-old, who made 22 Premier League appearances, will now move to Boro to secure regular playing time ahead of next summer's World Cup, with the arrival of Joe Hart on a season-long loan likely to limit his first-team opportunities at the London Stadium. The Republic of Ireland international number one will become Middlesbrough's sixth new signing of the summer, and the club's new starter after the departures of Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan.
Source: Daily Mail
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 10:33:00 PM

West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher has been rumored to be the top target of Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town.

The Mirror are reporting that Huddersfield Town have turned their attention to the 21-year-old as manager David Wagner looks to fortify his attacking depth for the club's first-ever Premier League campaign. Huddersfield saw an attempted loan bid rejected in January window for the former England Under-20 international, but it is believed the Terries will return for the striker over the summer with a £5million offer in an attempt to sign him on a permanent basis. Fletcher, who signed with West Ham from Manchester United last summer for a compensation fee of around £500,000, made 16 Premier League appearances and 20 in all competitions. Though the Hammers rate the youngster highly, the club would pocket a substantial profit should they decide to sell him.
Source: HITC
Tue, Jun 20, 2017 06:12:00 PM

Marten de Roon has admitted he wants to continue playing at the "highest level" after Middlesbrough's relegation, casting doubt over the midfielder's long-term future at the Riverside.

The tough-tackling Dutchman joined Middlesbrough from Italian outfit Atalanta last summer for £12m and was one of the club's top performers in his debut Premier League campaign, scoring five goals while playing in a more advanced role. The likes of Everton and West Brom have already been linked with the 26-year-old, who is under contract at Boro until 2020, but has admitted that staying in the top-flight is a top priority. "Of course, you want to play at the highest level so we're going to see what's happening in the summer, he told Fox Sports. "But for now I'm still at Middlesbrough and I have a contract. If I play next year, we are going to try to come back as soon as possible." Should de Roon be made available, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back in the Premier League next season.
Source: Gazette Live
Wed, May 24, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Middlesbrough have announced that goalkeeper Victor Valdes will leave the club at the end of June after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

The 35-year-old joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer at the start of the season following a summer move from Manchester United, but has decided to move on following their relegation to the Championship. While Valdes was unable to keep Boro in the Premier League, he was one of the club's top performers during a turbulent campaign. The former Barcelona shot-stopper made 28 appearances and kept eight clean sheets, before picking up a rib injury that forced him to miss the final seven matches. "Valdes’ contract has been terminated by mutual consent," a statement on the club's official website read. Valdes' departure does not however signal an indefinite end to his time in England, with reports hinting at a potential reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Wed, May 24, 2017 03:12:00 PM

Alvaro Negredo and Calum Chambers have said their goodbyes to the Riverside Stadium and now depart after finishing their season-long loan spells with Middlesbrough.

Negredo, who ended the season as the club's top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, heads back Liga La outfit Valencia after making 39 appearances in total. While 31-year-old didn't have the strongest campaign, he managed to account for roughly 37 percent of Middlesbrough's 27 Premier League goals. Meanwhile, Chambers played a key role at the back after arriving from Arsenal in late September. The 22-year-old featured 26 times for Boro and helped them to the 10th best defensive record in the Premier League, while playing in both central and wide roles.
Tue, May 23, 2017 01:15:00 PM

Jordan Rhodes will complete a permanent transfer to Sheffield Wednesday this summer despite rumors the on-loan striker could return to Middlesbrough.

The 27-year-old joined Sheffield Wednesday on an initial loan deal during the January transfer window, with the agreement that a £10m permanent transfer will become effective this summer. Following the Owl's promotion play-off semi-final penalty shootout defeat, in which Rhodes opted against taking a spot-kick, rumors have circulated that the clubs could reverse the agreement. However, the event has not changed the Owls plans to follow through and complete his permanent capture, according to a Boro spokesman. Rhodes, who arrived at the Riverside Stadium from Blackburn in January 2016, scored three goals in 20 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday this term.
Source: Gazette Live
Thu, May 18, 2017 06:26:00 PM

Patrick Bamford scored his first goal since rejoining Middlesbrough in January, but it was all for not as they fell 2-1 to Southampton at the Riverside Stadium.

Bamford, who arrived from Chelsea during the January window, headed in a well-struck Viktor Fischer corner at the near post in the 73rd minute to make it 2-1. However, his first-ever Premier League goal was nothing more than a consolation strike as Boro suffered their ninth loss at the Riverside this season. Southampton controlled the chances and flow of the match throughout, with Jay Rodgriuez scoring the opener just before the half and substitute Nathan Redmond doubling the lead shortly after the restart. While Bamford's late header and a missed penalty by Shane Long did spark a glimmer of hope, the hosts could not find an equalizer in their final home match before dropping back down to the Championship.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, May 13, 2017 01:15:00 PM

Middlesbrough will once again be without Victor Valdes and Gaston Ramirez for Saturday's visit of Southampton.

Caretaker manager Steve Agnew revealed on Thursday that Valdes is still struggling with an ongoing rib injury, while Ramirez is dealing with a pelvic problem that kept him out of Monday's defeat at Chelsea. The news means Brad Guzan will make his seventh-straight start in place of the injured Valdes, with Adama Traore and Cristian Stuani the leading candidates to fill in for Ramirez. Elsewhere, defender Daniel Ayala is also expected to miss out. "Dani Ayala has started jogging again but I’ll don’t think he’ll make it," Agnew added.
Thu, May 11, 2017 06:10:00 PM

The future of Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes future has been cast into doubt amid rumors that the Spaniard may have a relegation release clause in his current deal.

Valdes, currently out injured, has kept eight clean sheets from 28 appearances this season and has a year left on his contract at Middlesbrough. But, in the wake of the club's relegation from the Premier League on Monday, reports claim Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola - who managed Valdes during his spell at Barcelona - is interested in bringing the 35-year-old to the Etihad Stadium next season. The connection with Guardiola aside, Boro may well be tempted to let Valdes leave given the cost it would likely take to keep him in the Championship next season and the rise of Academy starlet Connor Ripley. Ripley enjoyed a stellar campaign out on loan this term, keeping 18 clean sheets for Oldham Athletic and earning a place in the League One Team of the Season.
Source: Gazette Live
Wed, May 10, 2017 05:47:00 PM

Middlesbrough will join Sunderland in the Championship next season after suffering a 3-0 defeat at Chelsea on Monday night.

Boro traveled to Chelsea knowing that anything less than a win would see them sent down on Monday but fresh off an impressive performance at the weekend, as they drew 2-2 with Manchester City. However, with their Premier League future on the line, Steve Agnew's side were thoroughly overmatched at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea began the match on the front foot, forcing a splendid save by Brad Guzan inside the opening minute, and needed just 23 minutes to take the lead. Diego Costa was first to strike, slotting a right-footed strike through the legs of Guzan, while Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic sealed the visitor's fate with nutmeg finishes of their own in the 34th and 64th minute. The defeat confirms relegation for Middlesbrough, who sit seven points adrift with two games remaining.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, May 8, 2017 05:39:00 PM

Middlesbrough, currently six points from safety, could be without first-choice goalkeeper Victor Valdes for Monday night's clash with Chelsea.

The absence of Valdes would be a big blow for Boro as they head to Stamford Bridge knowing that anything less than a win could send them down on Monday. Steve Agnew confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the Spaniard is still struggling to overcome a rib injury that has forced him to miss the last matches. If Valdes is unable to play, then Brad Guzan will be in between the posts against Chelsea.
Fri, May 5, 2017 10:27:00 AM

Grant Leadbitter and Adlene Guedioura are expected to be available for Monday's tough test against Chelsea.

The return of Leadbitter and Guedioura is a boost to Middlesbrough's depth, with Gaston Ramirez ruled out and the club in need of a win to kept their survival hopes alive. Although Leadbitter hasn't played since the 2-1 defeat by Arsenal and Guedioura has found playing time elusive since joining the club, the duo will be in contention to make the matchday squad after training this week. However, their fantasy value is very limited considering Agnew will likely name an unchanged squad coming off a strong performance against Manchester City on Sunday.
Fri, May 5, 2017 09:51:00 AM

Gaston Ramirez has picked up a pelvic problem and won't be available for Monday's match with Chelsea.

Ramirez has not played since picking up a straight red card on April 22 against Bournemouth, as the Uruguayan was left out of the matchday 18-man squad for the 2-2- draw with Manchester City after serving a one match ban. While Steve Agnew hinted that the decision to leave Ramirez out of the squad on Sunday was due to disciplinary reasons, the manager confirmed a pelvic problem will keep him on the sidelines for the trip to Stamford Bridge. The absence of Ramirez should result in more playing time for Cristhian Stuani and Adama Traore, boosting each player's fantasy value until the former returns.
Fri, May 5, 2017 09:14:00 AM

Alvaro Negredo led the charge for Middlesbrough in a 2-2 draw with former club Manchester City at the Riverside on Sunday.

The Spaniard once wore sky blue before he left for Valencia, returning to the Premier League to haunt his former club as it looks desperate for a Champions League berth. Negredo gave Middlesbrough the shock lead in the 38th minute, curling an effort off the post that sent the home faithful into a frenzy. After Sergio Aguero equalized from the spot after Maarten de Roon took down Leroy Sane in the box in the 69th, Negredo was back at it. He fought through a crowded penalty area following a free kick and shot a pass through to Calum Chambers for another lead in the 77th. But Gabriel Jesus was able to pull one back to steal a point for City, although a hard-earned point helps Middlesbrough keep pace with 17th-placed Swansea City.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 11:28:00 AM



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