Ireland international Cyrus Christie looks set to leave Derby County in the coming days.
The right-back looks surplus to requirements at Pride Park following the £4.5m acquisition of Liverpool’s Andre Wisdom at the weekend, and as such has been attracting interest from Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday.
Indeed, it looks as though the former have won the race for his signature. Having had one bid for the 24-year-old rejected, the Rams have come back in for him and, according to HITC. are increasingly confident of getting a deal over the line.
Current Middlesbrough right-back is set to move back to La Liga with Real Betis, leaving new manager Garry Monk with the task of replacing him as he shapes his squad ahead of Boro’s return to the Championship. He had been looking at Reading’s Chris Gunter, but the Welsh international now looks set to stay where he is and sign a new contract.
Christie has made almost 100 appearances since joining Derby from Coventry in 2014. He made 30 appearances last season but has been told by Gary Rowett that he can move if they receive the right offer for him; that offer is apparently soon to be made so it looks likely that Christie will be a Middlesbrough player before too long.
Regardless, it will be a big few months for the defender. Having been suddenly elevated to Ireland’s first-choice right-back in the wake of Seamus Coleman’s broken leg, Christe will have a big part to play in the national team’s hopes of reaching the World Cup as the qualification campaign draws to a close.
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