If *it’s a big if* a deal for Adam Clayton came around then it would be one of the most debated moves in a while. A player who was transfer listed by Neil Warnock during his unsuccessful spell at the club and left for our West Yorkshire rivals is now up for grabs, and as I’ve already posted, has said not to a rule a move back to Leeds.
He fell out of favour with Garry Monk, Jonny Howson and Grant Leadbitter the first choice pairing at Boro under the ex-Leeds manager. The arrival of Tony Pulis potentially opened the door for Adam Clayton to force his way back into the side but Clayton’s mind may already be made up. The midfielder didn’t make the 18 against Aston Villa, and the team news today will probably tell us where his future lies in terms of at Middlesbrough or not. He told Graeme Bandeira not to “rule out” a move back to Leeds and that suggests there is some sort of interest from both parties there. Adam Clayton needs and wants to play football and he lives local to Leeds, who, in my opinion will be looking for a central midfielder.
The arrival of Tendayi Ideguchi won’t affect this situation if it was to happen, although I can’t see Adam Clayton signing a permanent deal wherever he goes. A loan would suit Leeds, with the option to buy and as we already know the links to Boro from Leeds are currently strong. Victor Orta is the key man behind any transfer business at Leeds United and he may well head back in for a player who he will know very well from his time at Boro. For me this would be a great signing, it doesn’t bother me that he celebrated hard against us after leaving, Neil Warnock probably deserved it and I think in terms of ability, he is a top player in this division.