Former Chelsea midfielder closes in on Boro move after 2nd visit to Rockliffe Park

The two-time Premier League winning midfielder was rumoured to have been at Rockliffe Park today.

Former Chelsea midfielder closes in on Boro move after 2nd visit to Rockliffe Park

According to reports, former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has held talks at Rockliffe Park today ahead of a move to the North East.

The Nigerian international held initial talks with the Boro board last week, however it seemed the move was off after Crystal Palace pursued their interest in the player.

Mikel, who turns 32 in April, made his name at Chelsea where he won 10 major trophies, including two Premier League titles, the Europa League and the Champions League in 2012.

He opted to join Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda on a free transfer after Chelsea announced they would not offer the player a new deal at Stamford Bridge. Having spent two years in China, making 31 appearances, he is once again a free agent and looking for a move back to England.

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Boro hold talks with players following confrontation at Newport

Boro hold talks with players following confrontation at Newport

Multiple claims of the players confronting fans at the Newport game emerged on social media which forced Boro to take action.

"They get paid good money to play a game of football" - Tony Pulis

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis pulled no punches in the aftermath of seeing his team dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two side Newport.

Confused right now: Will the real Middlesbrough Football Club please stand up?

Confused right now: Will the real Middlesbrough Football Club please stand up?

I can honestly say I’ve never been so confused about how I feel right now.

George Saville bullish after Middlesbrough win at West Brom

George Saville bullish after Middlesbrough win at West Brom

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis also expressed his appreciation for the striker Britt Assombalonga who played a crucial role in the comeback.