Middlesbrough have agreed a deal with Swiss Super League side St Gallen to sign goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic, TEAMtalk understands.
The 26-year-old moved to Switzerland from Serie A side Bologna on a free transfer and established himself as the club’s number one choice between the sticks, making 34 league appearances last term.
Overall, Austrian-born Stojanovic has kept 16 clean sheets in 81 outings for St Gallen but it is understood that Boro are closing in on bringing him to the North East.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side are understood to have agreed a £1m deal for the goalkeeper, who has now been cleared to move after the return of Darren Randolph to West Ham.
Randolph left the Hammers for Boro in July 2017 and appeared 42 times for the club, with Boro keen to wait until the Republic of Ireland international was off the books.
West Ham have now announced the capture of Randolph for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal after his medical was held up by issues with his fitness.
The goalkeeper has been suffering from a thigh injury and results revealed the injury was worse than first thought.
Boro have Aynsley Pears – who has been deputising for Randolph in recent weeks – with Spaniard Tomas Mejias serving as an understudy, but the club have decided that they need Stojanovic and are hopeful of sealing his signature this week after agreeing personal terms.