EXCLUSIVE: Middlesbrough keen on loan move for Sheff Utd defender

Middlesbrough have enquired about the possibility of taking Sheffield United defender Kieron Freeman on loan in January, TEAMtalk understands.

The 27-year-old joined the Blades from Derby in 2015 and has made 136 appearances for the club to date, but has found game time hard to come by in the Premier League this season.

Having made only two appearances – both in the EFL Cup – Freeman is keen on a loan move to secure regular game time and TEAMtalk understands that Boro have enquired about the potential of a temporary move for the player, who has been capped by Wales.

As well as Middlesbrough, a number of the club’s Championship rivals have also enquired about his availability.

Freeman’s only involvement in the Premier League so far this term saw him make the bench in the 2-0 victory away to Everton, but the Englishman was an unused substitute at Goodison Park.

The Blades have enjoyed a solid start to life after promotion from the Championship last season, especially at home, where they took league leaders Liverpool close and beat Arsenal.

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