Report: Middlesbrough and Hull City monitoring Charlie Mulgrew after Blackburn Rovers' relegation

Scotland's Charlie Mulgrew and Leigh Griffiths during training

Middlesbrough and Hull City are both set to enter the market for centre-backs this summer - and the Blackburn Rovers man could fit the bill.

Scotland's Charlie Mulgrew and Leigh Griffiths during trainingScotland defender Charlie Mulgrew [left]

Relegated duo Middlesbrough and Hull City are monitoring Charlie Mulgrew after Blackburn Rovers' relegation, the Mail reports.

Middlesbrough are said to be looking at central defenders as they anticipate Ben Gibson's departure, while Hull sold Curtis Davies to Derby County earlier this week.

Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson applauds fans after the gameMiddlesbrough defender Ben Gibson

And Mulgrew has told the paper he is keen to remain in the second tier next season: "I don't know what will happen next but I'd be happy to stay in the Championship if that's what transpires.

"I feel it's a league that suited me and I've felt comfortable in it."

Mulgrew, who had a two-year spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers a decade ago, returned to English football last summer from Celtic.

Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew celebrates scoring their third goalFormer Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew

The 31-year-old made 28 Championship appearances in his first season at Blackburn, scoring three goals and creating another.

At the time of writing, Middlesbrough are expected to confirm Garry Monk as their new manager, with Leonid Slutsky taking the Hull reins earlier today [Friday].

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

And it remains to be seen how those appointments will affect the pair's alleged interest in Mulgrew, who can also play at left-back and central midfield and has 26 caps for Scotland.

Should Middlesbroguh/Hull City move for Blackburn's Mulgrew this summer?

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