Will Middlesbrough focus on Ipswich's Jonas Knudsen after reportedly missing out on Joe Bryan?

Joe Bryan of Bristol City during the Pre-Season Friendly between Bristol City v Cheltenham Town on July 10, 2018 in Weston-Super-Mare, England.

Reports say Joe Bryan will join Aston Villa so instead of the Bristol City left-back, will Middlesbrough now instead focus on Ipswich's Jonas Knudsen?

Joe Bryan of Bristol City during the Pre-Season Friendly between Bristol City v Cheltenham Town on July 10, 2018 in Weston-Super-Mare, England.

Joe Bryan is expected to become an Aston Villa player in a matter of hours in a potential £6m transfer from Bristol City after completing a medical, reports Bristol Live.

Middlesbrough also had a bid for Bryan accepted by the Robins, as reported by BBC Bristol, but it seems that the left-back has opted to make the switch to Villa Park instead.

 

It means with a little over 24 hours left in the transfer window Boro now need to find an alternative, but perhaps they already have one in mind in the shape of Ipswich Town's Jonas Knudsen?

According to the Ipswich Star, both Championship clubs interested in Bryan viewed Knudsen as an alternative if they could not complete the deal.

So with the former seemingly heading to Birmingham, will Tony Pulis now focus his attention on trying to bring the latter to the Riverside?

Jonas Knudsen of Ipswich Town during the Pre Season Friendly between Milton Keynes Dons and Ipswich Town at StadiumMK on July 24, 2018 in Milton Keynes, England.

The two defenders are similar in age (Knudsen is a year older at 25) and have similar experience in the second tier of English football, but the big bonus for Middlesbrough is the Dane could potentially be far cheaper than his English counterpart.

Stoke on Trent Live reported that Stoke City made a £750,000 offer for Knudsen on August 2, but claimed that the Tractor Boys wanted at least double that.

So the full-back could possibly be available for £1.5m - £4.5m less than the Villans are expected to pay for Bryan - and with George Friend already at the North East club, perhaps this is actually the better outcome for Pulis' side.

Middlesbrough Manager Tony Pulis during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham,...

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