According to reliable journalist, Alan Nixon, Middlesbrough are considering a move for Tim Ream, if they fail in their quest to sign other targets.
The Fulham defender is on Boro’s radar, with Ryan Shotton’s move from Birmingham City not making any progress over the last week.
Shotton is expected to move to the Riverside Stadium, but Birmingham are keen to find a replacement before letting the defender leave for the North East.
According to reports, Boro are lining up a move for Ream if they fail in their pursuit of Shotton.
Ream has established himself as one of the Championship’s best during his time with Fulham over the last two-years.
The 29-year-old has made 67 Championship appearances for Fulham over the last two seasons, including 36 last year, as Fulham finished inside the top-six and qualified for the play-offs.
So far this year, Ream has featured in all four of Fulham’s Championship fixtures, but has been unable to help Slavisa Jokanovic’s side pick up three-points, with the Cottagers drawing on three occasions and losing once.
Boro and Garry Monk have also endured a mixed start to the new season, with the Teessiders having picked up just six-points from a possible 12, following two victories and two defeats.
It is no surprise to see Boro looking towards different targets so late in the summer, with Shotton’s move from Birmingham taking longer than expected, as the Blues finalise their business.
Ream would be an excellent addition for Boro, with the defender showing his quality in the Championship, particularly last season.
However, there is a feeling that any potential arrivals in defence depend on the future of Ben Gibson, who so far looks like he is staying at the Riverside Stadium this summer, despite firm interest from the Premier League.
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