AFTER a frustrating weekend at Rockliffe, Boro have finally made a breakthrough and Adam Clayton is on his way for a medical. The clubs have agreed a fee (£1.5m rising to a possible £2m), the player has agreed personal terms and he will sign providing the club doctors are happy with his limb count and *cough*.
Again, the Boro are systematically working their way through their priority targets. Kike was the first choice striker. Nsue was the first choice wideman. They may well hav emissed out on their first choice right-back targets but are working on an equally impressive option. But Clayton was their first choice midfielder to add some zip.
Clayton was identified back in May as a midfield additions and there has been a lot of wrangling with Huddersfield (where the local press regard him as their key player) and even more with his agent, who naturally has been working hard to work Brighton into the equation and push up the package in a bidding war. Boro bosses indicated to me last week that they had “gone cold on the deal”, and that while they still wanted the player they were not prepared to get into an auction or a wages arms race.
He is another player who in talks with the club has been impressed with “the project” and the manager. And everyone is impressed with Rockliffe. Boro have been patient on this deal – far more patient than many fans have been as the big kick-off approaches. The club are determined to do their business properly rather than quickly and they remain busy on deals for a right-back, a left sided wideman and another striker. Plus the Chelsea lads. It will all come together.
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