By Abigail Withey
Garry Monk is looking to eye a reunion with Leeds goalkeeper Rob Green, according to a reliable journalist.
Phil Hay, the Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer, reported on his official Twitter account that Middlesbrough are watching the 37-year-old’s situation at Elland Road.
It is thought that both newly-relegated clubs Middlesbrough and Sunderland are interested in recruiting the former England keeper, should he lose the number one jersey to Thomas Christiansen’s newest arrival Felix Wiedwald.
The Yorkshire Evening Post writer revealed the news on his official Twitter account on Tuesday.
Re goalkeepers: told Middlesbrough/Sunderland monitoring Rob Green's position. Interested if he becomes available after Wiedwald deal. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 4, 2017
Green looks to lose out on his guaranteed starting spot after Leeds’ new boss secured Wiedwald on a three-year-deal from Werder Bremen at the beginning of the month.
Despite making 47 appearances for the Whites during the last campaign, the arrival of new keeper Wiedwald, who’s 10 years younger than Green, puts his position in jeopardy.
It is thought that former Leeds boss Monk is interested in bringing the ex-England international to his new club Middlesbrough if he becomes available.
Monk guided Leeds to their most successful Championship finish in six years, after the club finished in seventh place.
However, despite bringing stability to the club Monk handed in a shock resignation to Andrea Radrizzani in May and was later appointed as the manager at the Riverside.
Football Insider verdict:
With the arrival of the Bundesliga keeper, it looks as though Green would be taking a back seat at the club as he enters the final year of his contract with the Yorkshire club. With Wiedwald being 10 years Green’s junior, it would be likely that he would win the battle for the number one jersey and a move to Middlesbrough could be a wise choice for the keeper. Monk brought the 37-year-old to Leeds last summer, and it looks as though he wants to bring the keeper with him to form his new Boro squad. However, if Green made an exit, and with it looking increasingly likely that Bailey Peacock-Farrell will go on-loan this season, it’s imperative that Christiansen looks for another back-up keeper for Wiedwald this summer.
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