The Northern Echo are reporting that Middlesbrough are close to announcing the signing of Doncaster Rovers defender James Husband.
Doncaster are in turmoil following John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s failed takeover of the League One side. It has led to severe budget cutbacks, reportedly between 50-80% of the planned budget for this season, and a number of key players as well as trialists have departed the club.
Husband is one of the few players currently under contract at the Keepmoat Stadium but the club have been looking to sell the highly-rated left-back in order to raise money to re-build the squad.
20 year-old James Husband has made 64 appearances for the South Yorkshire club since making his debut in April 2012. The defender impressed as Doncaster won promotion to the Championship in 2012/13 and was a solid performer during their previous season when they were relegated from the Championship on the final day of the season.
Husband had been linked earlier in the transfer window with Hull City but their interest has cooled after signing Dundee United left-back Andrew Robertson. The defender has also been linked with Doncaster’s League One rivals Barnsley in the past few days.
The Northern Echo are reporting that a fee of around £500,000 has been agreed to take Husband to Middlesbrough. The defender would be the fourth summer signing made by Boro manager Aitor Karanka.
The sale of Husband would leave Doncaster boss Paul Dickov with just 12 players in his squad with first-team appearances. The club are now in desperate need of new faces with the season just two weeks away.