'This sounds bad but...' - Exclusive: Tottenham defender deal tipped for Collapse by pundit
Alan Hutton has tipped Danny Rose to snub a move to Middlesbrough and stay at Tottenham until January.
The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the left-back needs to be playing at a high level to reignite his hopes of getting into the England squad.
As revealed by Football Insider, Boro are plotting an ambitious move to sign the 30-year-old before Friday’s domestic transfer deadline in what would be a surprise switch for the England international.
Rose has been frozen out by manager Jose Mourinho at Tottenham and has been given permission to seal a loan or permanent move away from the club.
However, Hutton believes that the left-back may prefer to bide his time and see what happens in January than take what would be a significant drop down the divisions.
“If I was him, I wouldn’t rush into anything,” Hutton told Football Insider.
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“It’s not ideal, him not playing football, but does he, this sounds bad, but does he want to go to Middlesbrough? It’s basically saying he’s not going to play with England, pretty much.
“He really needed to make a move where he was playing at a high level and there was a chance of him getting back into the England squad. They’re crying out for a left-sided player – they played Trippier on the left, Chilwell’s there but they need other players to be firing for next summer.
“I think he would want to make a move where he’s playing at a high level and, look, it’s no disrespect to Middlesbrough, I heard there were reports of foreign clubs looking at him for loan, whether that would be a better option for him.
“Maybe he needs to hold tight until January, we’re not that far away. It would be a difficult time for him, he’d have to work hard and put everything into his training to be ready for January but I wonder if that would be a better option.”