It is fair to say Middlesbrough did not enjoy a dream end to the transfer window.
Tony Pulis’s side were linked with a whole host of players, including Jed Wallace and Mo Besic, but ended up with no one. Fortunately, Boro can still complete loan signings between now and the end of August, which gives them a chance to rectify what proved to be an underwhelming window at the Riverside.
And TEAMtalk is reporting that Middlesbrough are hoping to strengthen their defence by re-signing one of their former players on loan.
Tomas Kalas made 47 appearances for the North East outfit during a temporary spell from Chelsea between 2014 and 2016, helping Aitor Karanka’s side win promotion to the Premier League in his second season.
And TEAMtalk claims that Middlesbrough are set to offer Kalas the chance to return on loan, with the 25-year-old left in limbo at Stamford Bridge.
The Czech defender was expected to sign for Fulham after an impressive loan spell at Craven Cottage last season, where he again celebrated promotion. But the big-spending Premier League newcomers bought Alfie Mawson and Maxime Le Marchand instead, while signing Callum Chambers on loan from Arsenal.
The Mirror (31 May, page 57) reported that Chelsea value Kalas at £10 million.