Boro Edge Out QPR As Midfielder Heads To Teeside!

Last updated : 26 December 2008 By Boro Mad
QPR tried to coax him to Loftus Road last season, but Crystal Palace managed to hang onto him.

But even though Palace are pushing for promotion, and only kept out of the play-off places by a goal difference of one goal, it looks likely Boro will win the battle to sign him.

After reluctantly sanctioning Gary O'Neil's request for a return to Portsmouth in the New Year, Gareth Southgate wants the England under-21 midfielder as a replacement.

The 23-year old is due to become a free agent at the end of the season, and Palace manager Neil Warnock would take a knockdown £1million next month.