Report suggests Middlesbrough interested in Cardiff's Fabio

Cardiff City's Fabio celebrates scoring their first goal

Middlesbrough have reportedly targeted Cardiff full-back Fabio.

Cardiff's FabioCardiff's Fabio

Middlesbrough are interested in signing Cardiff City full-back Fabio, according to ESPN.

The sports media outlet claim that Boro boss Aitor Karanka is looking to bolster his defensive options, and sees the 26-year-old Brazilian as an ideal acquisition.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka before the matchMiddlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka

The former Manchester United defender has true pedigree within the game and has a Premier League winners medal to his name from his time at Old Trafford.

He moved to the Welsh outfit in January 2014 after then United manager David Moyes deemed him to be surplus to requirements and he has gone on to make 69 appearances for the Bluebirds.

ESPN go on to report that Cardiff are prepared to cash in on the Brazilian as he enters the final year of his contract with the club.

Cardiff City's Fabio celebrates scoring their first goalFabio celebrates scoring for Cardiff

The Teesside outfit achieved promotion to the Premier League last season after an impressive campaign that was underlined by their defensive solidarity.

They conceded just 31 goals in 46 Championship outings, but judging by ESPN's report, Karanka must feel it is an area he needs to strengthen even further.

The report claims that Fabio originally came to the Boro boss' attention when he scored a superb goal against his side last season, and he has been keeping tabs on him ever since.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka before the match Aitor Karanka 

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