Middlesbrough, Derby, Stoke lock horns over Premier League defender

Harry McMullen

Middlesbrough, Derby County and Stoke City have entered a tug of war over the loan signature of the Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson.

The Cherries are reportedly looking to loan out the centre-back until the end of the season to give him more game time.

According to Sky Sports, Bournemouth’s position on a potential loan move has left a number of Championship clubs circling – with Middlesbrough, Derby and Stoke the early front-runners.

Simpson is a product of the Bournemouth academy but has yet to establish himself in their starting XI – only featuring six times in all competitions this season.

The 23-year-old is thought of highly at the Vitality Stadium but manager Eddie Howe believes a loan move away will allow the youngster to learn his trade in the second tier.

Reports suggest, the Cherries are now in open talks with clubs about a possible move, with a decision likely to be made by the end of the week.

Simpson’s contract is up at the end of the season, meaning a loan move away would give the Cherries a chance to take a look at the prospect before making a decision on his future.



With Middlesbrough, Derby and Stoke all struggling in the Championship this season, the potential move could give the young defender priceless game time in one of the most competitive league’s on the continent.

Simpson made his Premier League debut for the Cherries in the 2017-18 season – but has only featured on 12 other occasions in the league since.

Solid performances in his short Premier League cameo appearances did earn him a call up to the England under-21 squad in 2018 – but a lack of game time since hasn’t seen the defender return.

The Championship clubs interested know they are in for a centre-half with raw talent.

It will be up to the managers to get the most out of Simpson if he is to join their club on loan.