Middlesbrough have agreed a deal with Fulham to take goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli on loan for the season.
Bettinelli has sunk down the pecking order at Craven Cottage with Marek Rodak firmly established as their No 1.
The one-time England squad man, however, now is set to get the chance for regular football at The Riverside.
Boro boss Neil Warnock has three goalkeepers in his squad. However, Dejan Stojanovic, Ainsley Pears and Tomas Mejias, we can reveal, have all been told can move on.
Stojanovic only arrived at the club in January in a deal worth over £1million. Pears is a graduate of Boro’s highly acclaimed academy. They shared the goalkeeping responsibilities under Warnock – but seemingly neither impressed.
Pears has just one year left on his current deal, and the offer of a new contract is no longer on the table.
Spaniard Mejias, in his second spell at the club, is also free to move on.
Boro also have highly-rated Sol Brynn – who has just penned his first professional deal – and the 19-year-old could very well find himself as No 2 to Bettinelli this season.
Warnock keen on £8m striker
Warnock’s hunt for a new striker has seen him make a move for Kenneth Zohore, TEAMtalk understands.
The 26-year-old Dane finished last season with West Bromwich Albion, having previously been at Cardiff for three years where he and Warnock worked together.
Now after the Baggies’ promotion to the top flight Zohore has been told that he is surplus to requirements. Albion boss Slaven Bilic is lining up other targets, including Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant.
Zohore made 17 Championship appearances, but he featured just twice in Albion’s final 16 games as they won promotion back to the Premier League.