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