EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Everton and Arsenal target Marcus Tavernier has agreed a new deal at Middlesbrough and will put pen to paper on Friday, Football Insider sources understand.
Tavernier is set to sign a new three-and-a-half year deal at the Riverside in what is a huge boost to Boro boss Garry Monk.
Tavernier has emerged on the radar of Everton and Arsenal, with both clubs expressing an interest in signing him, following his impressive breakthrough into the Middlesbrough side this season.
The 18-year-old, who is the younger brother of Rangers right-back James Tavernier, has scored two goals in seven appearances so far this term, including the winner against local rivals Sunderland last month.
The talented winger’s form saw him win a call-up to the England Under-19 squad in October and he has gone on to win four caps.
Tavernier’s current deal was due to expire next summer and Middlesbrough have been battling to tie him down to a longer contract fearing they could lose him to his Premier League suitors in January or next summer.
Everton and Arsenal have now missed out in a major blow ahead of the January transfer window.
In other Everton transfer news, the Merseyside giants are locked in a battle with Leeds United over the future of a hotshot striker ripping up the league.