Aitor Karanka confirms interest in Dwight Gayle, admits he wanted Fredericks

The Middlesbrough boss admitted he was considering moving for the Crystal Palace forward, and that he tried to sign the Tottenham wideman.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has today been discussing some of the transfer interests the club have had this week, which included confirming his interest in Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, in quotes published by the Gazette.

The former defender was answering questions on whether he was interested in Jordan Rhodes as well as the former Peterborough man, and he confirmed that the Palace forward had plenty of qualities he was looking for.

"He’s a striker, he scores goals, another on the list, a good player,” the Gazette have him as saying ahead in the club's press conference ahead of their game with Preston on Sunday.

“On our list, they (Rhodes and Gayle) are the best but we have other alternatives, we have other positions so we are working really well, the club is working really well."

Earlier on Friday, Eagles boss Alan Pardew stated he wanted Gayle's value to be met before he would consider selling the 24-year-old.

Karanka also revealed that he tried to sign former loanee Ryan Fredericks from Tottenham, ahead of his sale to Championship rivals Bristol City earlier in the day.

Fredericks played 19 times for Middlesbrough last season, though he did miss large portions of the season. The Spaniard's admittance that he wanted the 22-year-old to return to the Riverside was clearly proof that he feels the player would have had a big part to play in the club's future.

“We were talking with his agent to try and bring him here again but at that time it was difficult for him to understand what happened at the end of last season when he couldn’t play," said Karanka.

“I can understand that because he wanted to play as right-back and my decision was Deano (Whitehead). He decided to go to another place but last season I was considering to bring him here again.”

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