EXCLUSIVE: Middlesbrough star all set to sign new contract

Marcus Tavernier TEAMtalk

Middlesbrough ace Marcus Tavernier is set to sign a new long-term deal with the club, TEAMtalk understands.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has come through the ranks of Boro’s famed academy, but he had just 18 momths left on his current deal.

Tavernier was the subject of a number of bids from Barnsley in the summer, and has been tracked by a number of Premier League clubs since making his breakthrough under Tony Pulis.

Tavernier has now become an integral part of Jonathan Woodgate’s side in recent weeks and it is understood the England youth international will put pen-to-paper this week.

Man Utd scouts were understood to be tracking the player in December 2018, but did not follow up with their interest.

While the Northern Echo, last summer, claimed Aston Villa were interested in signing Tavernier, with his brother James, who is at Rangers, also reportedly on Dean Smith’s radar




More recently the Daily Mail has suggested that Aston Villa remain keen on the player and that Newcastle United were also watching Tavernier.

Tavernier has made 26 appearances this season and scored two goals and grabbed three assists as he has established himself under Jonathan Woodgate at The Riverside.

The England U20 star is under contract until 2021 after penning his last deal in December 2017, but his set to pledge his long-term future to the Teessiders.