Middlesbrough have turned down a bid of £4.5million from Portsmouth for midfielder Gary O'Neil, the south coast club have announced.
The 25-year-old moved to the Riverside from Portsmouth in August 2007 after making almost 200 appearances for the Fratton Park club.
O'Neil, a former England Under-21 captain, has been linked with a return to the south coast and Pompey executive chairman Peter Storrie told the club's official website, www.portsmouthfc.co.uk: "We made what we thought to be a good offer for Gary but unfortunately it was declined and we will not be increasing our bid."
He added: "Gary is a player that (manager) Tony (Adams) and the team know well having been here since he was a youngster.
"He would have been a good addition to the squad."
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