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Middlesbrough: Reds plotting swoop for Dan Barlaser

Middlesbrough: Reds plotting swoop for Dan Barlaser -Championship News

Middlesbrough are considering a swoop to sign Rotherham United midfielder Dan Barlaser in January, according to reports in the last 48 hours.

The Lowdown: Contract expiration looming

The Championship playmaker will be out of contract at the end of the season, making the winter market the final opportunity for the Millers to cash in or risk losing him for free next summer.

The 25-year-old has been the standout performer under Matt Taylor so far this campaign and his performances appear to have caught the eye, with Steve Gibson now weighing up an approach.

The Latest: Middlesbrough eyeing Barlaser

According to Football Insider, Boro are ‘plotting a move’ for Barlaser in the New Year, with Michael Carrick believed to be a ‘big admirer’ and ‘keen’ to take him to the Riverside Stadium.

Rotherham are ‘reluctant’ to lose their star, but understand that they might be ‘forced’ to sell him at the start of 2023 should they want to receive any kind of fee.

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The Verdict: Howson replacement?

Jonny Howson’s deal is set to expire upon the conclusion of the current season, so Barlaser could be the perfect replacement should the captain not extend his stay.

The Gateshead-born talent has posted 66 direct goal contributions throughout his career (38 assists and 28 goals), with his efforts having been highlighted with a Player of the Month award earlier this year (Transfermarkt).

Barlaser will likely be available on a cut-price deal given his contract situation, which the hierarchy should capitalise on before the race for his signature potentially hots up.

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