By Tony Hughes
Calum Chambers should be a Middlesbrough player by Wednesday night, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claim that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told his Boro counterpart Aitor Karanka that Chambers can spend the season on loan at the Riverside Stadium.
Karanka has been keen to strengthen his backline since the breakdown of Nevan Subotic’s move from Borussia Dortmund and it is said that everything is in place for Chambers to move to the Riverside Stadium.
The Mirror claim Hull, Middlesbrough, Stoke, West Ham have all enquired about Chambers, while there is also interest from clubs in Spain and Italy.
Mustafi’s switch to North London is imminent, though, and the Northern Echo report Chambers should be a Boro player before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Wednesday night.
Wenger wants Chambers to gain more experience as a centre-back, and will provide competition for Daniel Ayala, Ben Gibson and Bernando Espinosa. However, the England international will also be an alternative at right-back.
Sky Sports News claimed on their Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the England international, 21, is set to spend the campaign at the Riverside Stadium.
The Mirror reported there is interest from Hull and West Ham in the Chambers but Middlesbrough appear to have won the race to sign the versatile defender.
Chambers failed to impress for the north Londoners both in the latter stages of last season and in his sole appearance this season, a 4-3 drubbing at home to Liverpool.
He has already seen his position usurped by new signing and fellow England under-21 international Rob Holding, who has put in two exemplary performances away to Leicester and Watford in the Gunners’ last two league outings.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are in talks to sign this international attacker.