Report: Middlesbrough renew Jonas Knudsen interest as Ipswich deal expires

A general view outside the Riverside Stadium is seen prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester City at Riverside Stadium on April 30, 2017 in Middlesbrough,...

Middlesbrough reportedly want to sign Jonas Knudsen on a free transfer after Ipswich Town were relegated from the Championship.

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.

Middlesbrough are hoping to sign Jonas Knudsen on a free transfer when his contract at Ipswich Town expires at the end of next month, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

The Denmark international, who featured for his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, was heavily linked with a move to the Riverside 12 months ago too with Tony Pulis apparently keen to bring Knudsen to the North East.

And the left-back himself admitted to the Northern Echo back in November that he was aware of interest from Middlesbrough, and then suggested that he was disappointed to see the move fail to materialise.

 

“There was something concrete in it (Middlesbrough’s interest)," he said. "But sometimes things do not come into place as you please.”

But with Ipswich relegated from the Championship and with Knudsen set to become a free agent in the very near future, the door has swung open for Middlesbrough to belatedly get their man.

Jonas Knudsen of Ipswich Town clears the ball during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Ipswich Town and Sheffield United at Portman Road on January 6, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

And the EADT reports that Boro have indeed rekindled their interest, although Knudsen will also be offered a return to Denmark by Copenhagen. Bundesliga outfit SC Freiburg are keen too.

Knudsen could provide competition for George Friend at left-back if he moves to Middlesbrough, with the club forced to play winger Marcus Tavernier in a more defensive role in recent months.

Croatia's forward Ante Rebic (L) challenges Denmark's defender Jonas Knudsen during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Croatia and Denmark at the Nizhny Novgorod...

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