Birmingham City are in talks to sign Adam Clayton following his exit from Middlesbrough, Football Insider understands.

New Blues manager Aitor Karanka is looking to continue his raid on his former club by following up the capture of George Friend by landing Clayton.

A Birmingham source has told Football Insider that discussions are underway over recruiting the midfielder, 31, on a free transfer.

 

The former Leeds man is a free agent after his contract at the Riverside Stadium expired at the end of the Championship season last month.

Clayton revealed in July that he had not been offered a new deal by Boro and that he would have loved to have played for the club “forever”.

Tellingly, he also said Karanka was the best of the managers he played under during his six years at the north-east outfit.

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The Spaniard acted quickly to snap up left-back Friend earlier this month by handing him a two-year deal with the option of a third year.

Karanka is also a big admirer of the talent and attitude of Clayton, who also has immense experience in the Championship.

The central midfielder has played 311 times in England’s second tier and also had spells at Leeds United and Huddersfield Town.

During his six years at Boro, he made 241 appearances, 30 of which came last season  as he made 21 league starts.

The experienced midfielder began his career at Man City before joining Leeds in 2010 and establishing himself as one of the best players in his position in the league.

In other news, Middlesbrough are on the verge of sealing marquee signing.