Boss predicts another club will 'get their hands on' his player, linked with West Brom, Leeds and more

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate and assistant Robbie Keane watch on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on November 30, 2019...

West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Burnley were just three of the clubs linked with Harold Moukoudi of Middlesbrough.

Said Benrahma of Brentford battles for possession with Harold Moukoudi of Middlesborough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Middlesbrough at Griffin Park on...

Jonathan Woodgate predicts that another club will 'get their hands' on Harold Moukoudi - the on-loan Middlesbrough defender in whom Burnley, West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United were credited with an interest last month - in the summer transfer window.

Burnley, West Brom and Leeds were just three of the clubs linked with Moukoudi before Middlesbrough pounced to sign him from Saint-Etienne ahead of the deadline.

 

And the trio missed out on a Premier League player in the making, according to Woodgate.

“Harold Moukoudi is a young lad, plenty of ability, huge potential,” the former Leeds defender told The Hartlepool Mail.

“Nothing has changed my opinion, he can go and play in the Premier League. Someone will get their hands on him next year, people will look to buy him in the summer.”

Middlesborough head coach Jonathan Woodgate acknowledges the crowd after the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on January 17, 2020 in London,...

West Brom and Leeds remain on course to join Burnley in next season's top flight.

And both Burnley and Leeds, in particular, could be in the market for a new centre-half.

The Clarets have already allowed one of their existing ones, Ben Gibson, to train with his former club Middlesbrough until the end of the campaign, when he is expected to be sold.

While United look set to lose their own on-loan defender, Ben White, when his temporary deal expires.

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