Boro suffer transfer blow as defender linked with Premier League move
On-loan Boro defender Harold Moukoudi is reportedly the subject of several offers flowing his spell at the Riverside Stadium.
According to French tabloid Sports, several Premier League sides have enquired about the services of the 23-year-old.
Boro had been favourites to turn the loan deal into a permanent deal in the summer transfer window, however, it is understood that French side St Etienne are demanding a fee of £9 million for the Cameroon international. The current crisis has put a strain on the club's finances and there are doubts about Boro's willingness to spend this amount of money on the defender.
Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate has spoken highly about the sturdy defender, who he believes would go on to have a great career.
"He's a Premier League player in the making in my view," he said.
"He's got all the attributes to play in the Premier League in my opinion."
Such high praise from Woodgate reveals the scope of talent that Moukoudi possesses. Upon joining Boro, Moukoudi said that he was eager to learn from Woodgate's experience.
"I want to learn with my other defenders and with the coach, he played in the same position as me, and I think he will be good for my progression," Moukoudi said.
"I am physical, but I try to play with my feet, so I am not just a physical guy. My qualities are defensive, tackling, but I can score too."
Boro fans will still retain some hope that the club could retain his services ahead of next season, especially with Dael Fry linked with a move to the Premier League, Daniel Ayala expected to join Leeds United, and Ryan Shotton linked with Besiktas, the club will be in desperate need of reinforcement.
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It was recently confirmed that Moukoudi would be available for the restart of the Championship season as Boro look to pull themselves away from the relegation scrap.