Exclusive: Boro agree deal for Birmingham defender Shotton

Date published: Wednesday 9th August 2017 1:06

Middlesbrough have agreed a deal with Birmingham, believed to be £2million, for the signing of Ryan Shotton, sources have told TEAMtalk.

The Teessiders have targeted a deal for the former Stoke star, who has been told he can leave St Andrew’s by Harry Redknapp as long as their valuation is met.

And following talks between the clubs, TEAMtalk understands that a deal has now been agreed and is expected to be finalised before the weekend.

Shotton can play across the defence, but is being signed by new Boro boss Garry Monk with a view to playing centre-half.

Talking to the Birmingham Mail on Tuesday, Redknapp admitted the player was likely to leave.

“We’ve had interest for Ryan from a good club in the Championship and there could be a deal in the offing there but at the moment nothing has been completed,” Redknapp said.

“We had an offer from Middlesbrough it didn’t meet our valuation.

“Everybody we go for is big money so if Ryan wants to take the opportunity to go to Middlesbrough then we have got to get the right money.”

However, a fee has now been agreed between the clubs, with the player now due to travel to Teesside to discuss personal terms.

Meanwhile, Shotton’s arrival won’t be the only transfer activity at Middlesbrough this week, with the Teessiders in talks with an as-yet unconfirmed club over the sale of Marten De Roon.

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