Darren Bent has urged Tottenham defender Danny Rose to reject a potential loan move to Middlesbrough.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham striker said the 30-year-old should only move to a top-end Championship club like “a Brentford or a Bournemouth”.
This site revealed earlier this week that Boro are plotting a surprise move for the left-back who has been frozen out at Tottenham.
The 29-capped England international has not been given a squad number this season after spending the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle United.
Middlesbrough have until the end of the domestic transfer window on Friday to do a deal.
Bent told Football Insider: “When you drop down to the Championship to get game time that’s all well and good and I totally understand that.
“What you don’t want to do is go down to the Championship to get game time and you get stuck at a team that’s not doing very well because you’re going to start getting labelled as a Championship player.
“You’ve dropped down, you’ve not really made a difference and then you have to fight tooth and nail to get an opportunity back in the Premier League.
“For Danny Rose, he needs to be playing games, yes, but it’s got to be the right club in the right situation.
“Middlesbrough are a big club but at the same time, I wouldn’t say they’re pulling up any trees at the minute.
“I look at the situation and if it’s a top-end, like a Bournemouth or a Brentford, you’d go ‘OK, I can see that’. The top-end of the Championship would be OK.
“I’m not quite sure Middlesbrough would be the right fit but it comes down also to how desperate he is to play football. Is he desperate?”
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