MANAGER Neil Warnock tonight hinted that Middlesbrough are near to signing Rotherham United prize asset Matt Crooks.
The midfielder is a known target of the Teessiders and has turned down an offer of a new contract at AESSEAL New York Stadium following the Millers' relegation because he wants to stay in the Championship.
Boro boss Warnock, speaking after his club's 2-1 friendly win over Saltash United this evening, said: "We’re quite close at the minute to getting a couple over the line this week.
"Crooks is one we’ve been talking about, but there’s a couple more we’ve been talking about too."
The Advertiser understands that Middlesbrough are the club that tabled a bid worth a potential £1.25 million last week.
Crooks, aged 27, who joined the Rotherham from Northampton Town in January 2019, is expected to undergo a medical in the North East later this week.
The player has only a year left on his deal and the Millers always knew he would leave this summer and that it was a case of holding out for the best price.
Boro's offer topped the money put on the table by League One Ipswich Town and another second-tier team.