Ex-Newcastle United defender could be set for shock switch to North East rivals

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Middlesbrough have been linked with a shock move for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose who is free to leave North London in the final few days of the transfer window.

The 30-year-old is surplus to requirements at Spurs and wasn’t given a squad number in September after returning from a loan spell at Newcastle.

Rose, who has also played for Sunderland earlier in his career, is said to have held talks with Italian club Genoa, yet a deal is no longer possible following the end of the European transfer window.

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West Ham were also interested in Rose back in January, yet talk of a move to the London Stadium, or even a return to Newcastle, has quietened.

Danny Rose is surplus to requirements at Tottenham.Danny Rose is surplus to requirements at Tottenham.
Danny Rose is surplus to requirements at Tottenham.

According to Football Insider, Boro are plotting an ambitious move for Rose who may now drop down a division to play first-team football.

Signing Rose would obviously be a big coup for any Championship club given his experience and international pedigree.

Yet the 30-year-old left-back is into the final year of his contract, meaning a loan move wouldn’t appear to make much sense.

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Boro are also well stocked at left-back, with Marvin Johnson, Hayden Coulson, Marc Bola all natural options, and light in other areas.

It was therefore also a surprise to see the Teessiders linked with a loan move for Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman last week.

Boro boss Neil Warnock has admitted the club have looked at signing another centre-back due to a lack of options in that position.

English clubs have until 5pm on Friday to complete their transfer business.