Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Dutch defender Anfernee Dijksteel from Charlton Athletic.
The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal at the Riverside Stadium for an undisclosed fee and becomes Jonathan Woodgate’s fourth signing of the summer.
Dijksteel was a key player for Charlton last season and made 39 appearances in all competitions as Lee Bowyer’s side won promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.
The right-back scored one goal in 59 appearances for Charlton and made his final appearance for the club in the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.
Middlesbrough started the season with a 3-3 draw at Luton Town and Dijksteel could make his debut for his new club against Brentford at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Woodgate took charge at Middlesbrough earlier this summer and is hoping to build a team that can challenge for promotion from the Championship this season, after Boro just missed out on the play-offs under Tony Pulis last term.
This could be a good signing for Middlesbrough. Dijksteel is an attacking full-back, but he’s also a good defender and he could be the perfect fit for the new style of football Woodgate is trying to bring to the Riverside.
He’s never played in the Championship before, so his signing could be considered a bit of a risk in that sense, but an experienced former defender like Woodgate should be able to improve him and help him adapt to the second tier.
It’s the start of a new era at the Riverside and I’ve been impressed with the signings Woodgate as made so far this summer. If he can bring in a couple of new players before the transfer deadline, then Boro have every chance of challenging for promotion this season.