FOOTBALL Jonathan Woodgate set for Middlesbrough return
Former Real Madrid defender to join Championship club after leaving Stoke
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.