The youngster in question is being tracked by a host of Premier League clubs including West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Stoke City. As our punters are eagerly clamouring to hear just who this is, our landlord confirms that it is George Friend who at 25-years-old has been making waves in the Championship.
After producing man of the match performances for most of the season, the defender is not only eyeing up a move to the Premier League but might actually be able to push one through. Boro are understandably reluctant to let one of their prized assets leave, yet if the right offer comes in, they may have little choice.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Doncaster Rovers man is able to play at both left back and centre half and is becoming one of the most coveted properties in England’s second tier. Of course this is ‘silly season’ as the January transfer window is affectionately regarded and some rumours are downright crazy, yet we at the tavern think this is one that could fly.
Whilst Friend may fancy another crack at the Premier League, Mowbray is determined to keep hold of his key man. Let the bids begin.