Middlesbrough are long-time admirers of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Neven Subotic.
During an exclusive interview with popular German sport publication Bild, Borussia Dortmund centre-back Neven Subotic refused to rule out a move to Premier League side Middlesbrough in January, but insisted he must first prove his fitness.
Boro were linked with the Serbian throughout the course of the summer, but a move to the Riverside eventually failed to materialise for the 27-year-old, after contract talks broke down (Sky Sports).
Neven Subotic in action for Dortmund
But the Dortmund man's latest comments will give those on Teesside a huge boost in their hopes of signing him, and could possibly be the spark that rekindles their interest in bringing the defender to England.
And Subotic spoke to German newspaper Bild, highlighting how he needs to prove his fitness to both his club and and potential suitors, after returning from a spell on the sidelines through injury:
“This is an option [Middlesbrough]. Before then there is still a bit of time. My concentration at the moment is if I do not play games and get on the pitch, I cannot offer anything for Borussia Dortmund or any other club in the world. That’s why this is the most important thing now.”
Aitor Karanka's men are currently in a precarious position in the Premier League table, and sit just one point clear of the relegation zone.
Signing the Bundesliga man in January would certainly strengthen the Boro squad, and would further signify the pulling power of the Premier League.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka