Middlesbrough should have tried to land Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi before the Nigerian international signed a new six-year contract.
Tony Pulis’s hunt for a defensive midfielder continues, but the Boro boss only has 11 days to bring in new players on loan.
Everton’s Muhamed Besic has been heavily linked with the Championship club, but so far nothing concrete has developed.
At the weekend, Leicester’s official website confirmed that Ndidi has committed his future to the Foxes, but Boro should have been keeping a close eye on the midfielder.
A loan possibility is still viable, but it is hugely unlikely that the Premier League club would entertain an arrangement after offering Ndidi a new contract.
The 21-year-old, who is valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, goes under the radar for the most part in the top flight.
Ndidi’s performances do not always fill column inches, but he is an important part of Leicester’s team.
The former Genk player, who signed for the Foxes in January last year, is a rock in the middle of the park and keeps Leicester ticking.
Boro could do with a player that carries those attributes, and it would have been worth trying to strike a deal before Ndidi put pen to paper at Leicester.
A permanent transfer may not have been the most appealing for the player given that he would have to drop down a tier, but it would have been worth a conversation.
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