FOOTBALLJonathan Woodgate set for Middlesbrough return

Former Real Madrid defender to join Championship club after leaving Stoke

July 7, 2012

London: Injury-plagued former England international Jonathan Woodgate is set to return to Middlesbrough subject to a medical, the Championship club confirmed on Friday.

The 32-year-old is a free agent having played for Stoke last season.

The club said Woodgate is close to starting a second spell at the Riverside Stadium, where he played 52 times after an initial loan move from Real Madrid six years ago.

Boro eventually paid the Spanish giants £7 million (Dh40 million) for Woodgate on that occasion before an £8 million move to Tottenham in January 2008.

The former Leeds youth player has commanded in excess of £35 million in transfer fees despite suffering an injury-stricken career.

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