Middlesbrough blocked in bid for Bolton defender O’Brien
Middlesbrough will not be signing defender Andy O’Brien – despite reports of interest last week.
Boro boss Gordon Strachan would like to add defensive experience to his faltering squad, but O’Brien has been close to the first team at Bolton and the Trotters want to keep him as cover, says the Sunday Sun.
However, O’Brien may be interested in a Riverside move in January, when he can begin to negotiate with other clubs. The experienced former Republic of Ireland international is out of contract at the end of the year and expects to leave the Reebok Stadium.