Roma launching bid for Middlesbrough skipper Pogatetz

Roma are preparing a £5 million bid for Middlesbrough captain Emanuel Pogatetz.

The Daily Mail says the Italian club made an approach for the 26-year-old in April after watching him captain Austria.

And Roma directors travelled to Austria last week for further talks with Pogatetz. He is recovering from a knee operation and expects to be fit next month.

His agent said: "A deal could be done in August."