Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is spreading his net with his move for Chelsea defender Robert Huth now unlikely to go through.

Boro have declined to comment on the delay in the 21-year-old´s proposed move to Teesside three days after he arrived for a medical. However, as PA Sport reported on Tuesday evening, the process has hit a major snag, and it is understood that the problem is a damaged ankle.

Huth missed most of Germany´s World Cup campaign through injury, but it is thought that the complaint could be more deep-seated than was first thought.

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