By Will Butcher
Brad Guzan is looking into the possibility of returning to the MLS as he struggles to fight his way past Middlesbrough star Victor Valdes, according to a report.
The 32-year-old has featured just three times this season for the Premier League new boys, after moving from Championship side Aston Villa after their relegation to the Championship.
According to FourFourTwo’s USA website, international Guzan is seeking a potential return to the MLS eight years after leaving his home country. LA Galaxy and New York City are being touted as sides that could be in the market for a goalkeeper.
Middlesbrough’s number 12 was a regular member of Villa’s squad during his eight-year stay in the Midlands, despite playing second fiddle to compatriot Brad Friedel early on.
Guzan, who began his career with dissolved MLS side Chivas USA before leaving in 2008, has just over 18 months left on his current Teeside contract and manager Aitor Karanka could be tempted to cash in on his second-choice shot stopper.
The goalkeeper is set to warm the bench once again on Monday night, as Middlesbrough host fellow top-flight new boys Hull City at the Riverside.
Three points for Karanka’s side could see them move up to a healthy 12th position, as they look to consolidate their position in the top flight after gaining promotion last term.
Football Insider verdict:
Guzan should be allowed to leave Boro this winter, as he looks to make the most of his last years as a professional footballer. Likely to be on a decent wage, the fee that Karanka could obtain for Guzan, as well as freeing up his pay cheque, would allow the Spanish boss to re-enter the January market for reinforcements elsewhere. Boro have plenty of other goalkeeping reinforcements, with experienced Greece international Dimi Konstantopoulos and Spaniard Tomas Meijas also on the books at the Riverside. A move to the MLS for Guzan would give him one last run in what has been a fine career.
In other Middlesbrough transfer news, this senior Arsenal ace sent an Instagram message to his former teammate.