Middlesbrough fans react as club close in on John Obi Mikel

According to a report by The Gazette, Middlesbrough are closing in on the signing of free agent midfielder John Obi Mikel after he passed a medical and agreed personal terms, and Boro fans have been quick to react on Twitter.

The former Chelsea man is available for nothing having left Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda by mutual consent earlier this month, and The Gazette report that the Teesside outfit and manager Tony Pulis are now hopeful of concluding a deal quickly even if the move still needs some fine-tuning.

If the deal is completed, the 31-year-old would arrive at the Riverside Stadium with vast experience in English football having spent an 11-year spell with the Blues, for whom he won a host of major trophies including Premier League titles and a Champions League, while he also represented Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup.

Known as a defensively-minded midfielder even if he did play in a more advanced role for his country in Russia last summer, he will likely be competing with the likes of Jonny Howson, George Saville, Muhamed Besic, Paddy McNair, Adam Clayton and Grant Leadbitter for a spot in the middle of the park for the Championship promotion hopefuls.

Middlesbrough supporters took to social media to have their say on the latest transfer update, and while one said “if we get rid of Besic for him I’ll be happy”, another described it as “the most Tony Pulis transfer there is”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…

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