Premier League side Watford are considering a summer move for Middlesbrough left-back George Friend, according to The London Evening Standard.
The 29-year-old moved to the Riverside Stadium all the way back in 2012 after two years at Doncaster Rovers, and has since then become a stalwart in the Boro side that spent four years in the Championship before finally returning to the top-flight in 2016.
The full-back has appeared 202 times for the North East outfit in the past five years, and with 24 appearances last term in their ill-fated spell in the top-flight, it’s clear that he remains an important of the squad at the club.
And his solid efforts for a Boro that did defend reasonably well last season has attracted interest from Marco Silva’s Watford, who are reportedly considering a summer move for the 29-year-old.
The 39-year-old took over the reins at Vicarage Road last month following his departure from relegated Hull City, and he’ll be on the lookout for reinforcements having seen the Hornets finish just one place above the bottom three last term.
And after a decent enough campaign in the Premier League last time out, Friend could be the ideal man to come in and shore up Silva’s backline, yet it would surely be a big blow to new Boro boss Garry Monk, who’ll be looking at how to improve his side with incomings as opposed to allowing first teamers like Friend to leave.
Nonetheless, it remains to be seen whether Watford do indeed firm up their interest in the Middlesbrough left-back.
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