Middlesbrough are reportedly lining up a move for Kilmarnock full-back Stephen O’Donnell (Scottish Daily Mail, page 126, 06/10/19).
The 27-year-old has been excellent for Killie since moving to Ayrshire from Luton Town. Since this move, he has established himself as Scotland’s number one right-back.
He is out of contract in the summer, but the report claims that Boro could be lining up a winter bargain.
Could Kilmarnock refuse O’Donnell offers from Middlesbrough?
Jonathan Woodgate’s side could move for the defender in January. Whilst they could wait and get him for free next summer, they may try and get him on the cheap after Christmas.
Killie will be looking to retain their reliable full-back, but if Boro come in with a decent offer, can they refuse?
They run the risk of losing out on what should be at least a six figure fee if they don’t sell him in January. Ideally he won’t be going anywhere, but the Rugby Park club will want to get the most out of the 27-year-old financially.
O’Donnell himself may find the lure of Championship football too hard to turn down. After mixed fortunes south of the border last time out, he may want another crack at it.
Boro will need to formalise their reported interest first and foremost though before anyone starts to think about O’Donnell’s Ayrshire departure.