Middlesbrough manager keen to sign Celtic ‘target’ Paddy Roberts

MIDDLESBROUGH have emerged as a contender for the signature of Paddy Roberts from Manchester City after their manager Johnathan Woodgate confirmed that he is keen to make Roberts’ stay in Teeside permanent.

The Middlesbrough manager spoke to TeesideLive about his plans for bolstering his squad having prioritised recruitment during the Coronavirus pandemic and has said that he would love to re-sign the 23-year-old.

“We’re in unprecedented times and we don’t know how things are going to work out, but I’d love to sign them, I’m a big fan of them both.”

Roberts joined Boro on loan from Manchester City in January after an unhappy spell at Carrow Rd with Norwich. Despite Roberts’ quality, Boro find themselves towards the bottom of the EFL Championship, just two points away from the relegation zone.

Roberts’ best time in recent years has to be the 2016/17 season in which he was unplayable at times. Reports last month suggested that Celtic were keen to sign the English attacker in a cut price deal of £3m but City were hesitant to accept, instead wanting to mull over their plans for Roberts’ future.

Roberts is unlikely to break into the City first team any time soon and a move would be best for the youngster to get his career back on track.

Manchester City, who shelled out an enormous fee for Roberts to Fulham in 2015 for £12m, were keen to see the value in Roberts in other markets. He was therefore sent to Girona, Norwich and Middlesbrough but injuries have curtailed his progress.

Roberts scored 18 goals in 79 appearances in Scotland and was very impressive under Brendan Rodgers in the Invincible season. He may be keen on a move to Celtic as it would give him the chance to settle, something he hasn’t had the opportunity to do since leaving Celtic.


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