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Middlesbrough closing in on deal to sign experienced player

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Middlesbrough are set to sign former Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan on a free transfer.

According to Teesside Live, the 34-year-old goalkeeper, who left Elland Road last month by mutual consent, is a target for Tony Pulis.

Lonergan made just one appearance for the Lilywhites in all competitions last season, in a campaign that saw Leeds finish 13th in the table.

Boro narrowly missed out on a chance to play in the Premier League last season, after losing their play-off semi-final to Aston Villa, and are looking to bolster their squad ahead of the new campaign.

Whilst Darren Randolph is likely to remain first choice, the potential signing of Andy Lonergan could mean the departure of young shot stopper Connor Ripley, who has impressed immensely throughout preseason.

Tony Pulis and head goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould also have Dimi Konstantopoulos at their disposal, which would likely mean Lonergan would act as a second or third choice option.

The Verdict

Whilst Andy Lonergan was somewhat of a disappointment at Leeds, acting as a backup goalkeeper at the Riverside could be good for the veteran.

Middlesbrough already have a number of talented shot stopper at their disposal, so the signing would be an odd one for Tony Pulis to pursue.

But, perhaps wanting Connor Ripley to gain valuable first team experience, the potential deal might be worth it in the long run.


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