Middlesbrough have signed defender Aden Flint from fellow Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee believed to be £7million.
Boto have announced the 28-year-old centre-back has joined on a four-year contract, which will keep the towering centre-half at the Riverside until 2022.
He becomes Boro’s second signing of the summer following the acquisition of Paddy McNair from Sunderland on Tuesday.
Bristol City chief executive Mark Ashton told his club’s website: “There has been significant interest in Aden for a lengthy period and it’s the correct time in his career for him to move on.”
Robins boss Lee Johnson added: “On a personal level, it’s fantastic to have seen Aden mature and grow to become one of the best centre-halves in the division.
“I am naturally disappointed to see him leave but it’s important we move forward.”
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Flint, who started his career with non-league Alfreton Town and has also played for Swindon, has travelled with the rest of the Middlesbrough squad to Austria for the club’s pre-season training camp.
He scored 36 goals in 209 league appearances for Bristol City, who he joined in 2013.
Flint’s departure could soon be followed up by Bobby Reid, with our exclusive revealing the City forward is having a medical and talks with Cardiff on Wednesday.