Medical today: Player jets in to sign for Middlesbrough as Derby & Stoke offers rejected-Sources
Middlesbrough have fended off Derby County and Stoke City to agree a deal with Saint-Etienne for defender Harold Moukoudi as he jets in to finalise a deadline-day transfer, Football Insider understands.
Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate has spent all month trying to reinforce his defence and is now on the verge of finalising a deal for the Cameroon international.
A Riverside Stadium source has told Football Insider that St-Etienne have rejected loan offers from Derby and Stoke for Moukoudi, 22, before accepting the deal on the table from Boro.
Moukoudi is now heading to the north-east to undergo a medical and bring an end to Woodgate’s centre-back search.
St-Etienne are keen for the 6ft 3in centre-back to get regular game time at a high level after featuring in just one of their last six Ligue 1 matches.
Moukoudi has also expressed a desire to go out on loan in search of first-team football and is willing to test himself in the English Championship.
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He is now in line to become the third Middlesbrough signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of Patrick Roberts and Lukas Nmecha on loan from Manchester City.
The 22-year-old came close to a move to Aston Villa prior to his move to Saint-Etienne from Le Havre last summer.
Capped four times by France at Under-20 level, Moukoudi has switched allegiance to Cameroon.