By Daniel Feliciano

22nd Jan, 2023 | 7:40am

Middlesbrough want to sign Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell in £4m+ deal

Middlesbrough want to sign Charlie Cresswell from Leeds in a permanent deal worth over £4m this month, according to reliable journalist Alan Nixon.

The Whites defender is currently on loan at Championship club Millwall for the season, but has struggled for first-team football recently after initially joining as a regular.

That lack of game time has left the door ajar for another club to swoop in, and Michael Carrick wants to sign the 20-year-old defender in a permanent deal according to The Sun (21 January).

“Michael Carrick is keen to snap up Leeds centre-half Charlie Cresswell to boost Middlesbrough’s promotion push,” they wrote.

“Boro would break Cresswell’s loan at Millwall to buy him if the Elland Road club allow it. A fee of around £4million plus extras could work for both.”

Future

Cresswell has long been seen by many at Leeds as the future of the club and he no doubt is seen as having a future at Elland Road.

But after struggling for regular first-team football at Millwall so far, his progression and development has stalled and the likelihood of him being ready for the Premier League next season is slim.

That would likely see a big re-jig of the club’s plans for him, and getting a decent transfer fee for him could be something that is tempting to the club, with regular football tempting for the player.

Middlesbrough are right in the battle for promotion to the Premier League for next season and he could potentially become part of that, while Leeds are looking to bring in young defender Diogo Monteiro anyway.

That could be a further blocking tool in Cresswell’s pathway should that deal happen and he develop well, despite his young age, and it could be that this transfer is one that just makes enough sense for everyone that it actually happens.

In other Leeds news, Brexit is complicating Leeds’ bid to complete another signing this month