According to The Mirror, Middlesbrough are poised to launch a £6m bid for Hull City central defender Harry Maguire during the January transfer window.
Boro's defence has largely impressed this season; they've conceded just 15 goals in 13 games this season, whilst the likes of Antonio Barragan, Daniel Ayala, Ben Gibson and Calum Chambers have impressed when given chances in Aitor Karanka's back line.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka
However, Bernardo Espinosa – landed on a free transfer from Sporting Gijon over the summer – has played only one senior game so far, and with the Colombian centre back struggling for fitness and playing time, Karanka may now pursue another defender in January.
The Mirror report that Middlesbrough want to finally complete a deal for Hull City defender Harry Maguire, and are ready to launch a £6m bid for the player when the transfer window opens in January.
Stoke City's Wilfried Bony in action with Hull City's Harry Maguire
So far this term, the 6ft 2in centre back has started just three Premier League games, and it's now claimed that Middlesbrough will return with a third bid for the player, having failed to land him over the summer.
Hull City's Harry Maguire celebrates
Sky Sports reported back in August that Hull rejected two bids from Middlesbrough – worth £4m and £5m – for Maguire, but The Mirror state that Boro will now will increase their bid again in January, this time to £6m.
Maguire is out of contract at the end of the season, and with talks over a new deal at Hull going nowhere, Middlesbrough now hope that £6m will be enough to finally land their man, especially with Maguire allegedly keen to play regular first-team football in the Premier League.
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