Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate admits he's keen on Tottenham striker Mido.

Boro have entered the chase for Mido at a late stage, but have already received permission to talk to the 24-year-old, who is surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane following the arrival of Darren Bent from Charlton.

It means Boro have matched the £6million offers from Barclays Premier League rivals Birmingham and Sunderland, both of whom are also keen to add Mido to their squad.

Southgate confirmed: "Yes we have made our interest in Mido known to Tottenham. Now we are awaiting developments."