According to reports on Teeside, Middlesbrough will reject ‘any approach’ Newcastle make for Smoggies star Hayden Coulson this summer.
This comes from the Gazette Live, who’ve responded to weekend claims that Steve Bruce has urged the club to make a £10m move for the 21-year-old – however it seems any offer landing at the Riverside would be rejected.
Coulson – who was born down the road in Gateshead – has been superb on his first full season in the Championship, with the versatile left-sided player becoming a key member of Jonathan Woodgate’s side.
It seems they have no intention of letting him leave, but relegation down to the third tier of English football could soon change their stance.
With them just 2 points clear of the drop zone, they could be forced to sell their star players in the summer should the worst happen.
Here’s a snippet from the Gazette Live’s piece on our interest in Coulson:
Middlesbrough will reject out of hand any Newcastle summer raid on the Riverside for Hayden Coulson.
Reports at the weekend suggest Magpies’ boss Steve Bruce has targeted Boro’s left sided hot prospect.
The Sun claim Newcastle scouts have been taking notes as Gateshead-born Coulson has caught the eye this term.
And they say Bruce is weighing up a £10m move with an eye to playing Coulson in their problem left back slot, currently occupied by on-loan Spurs man Danny Rose.
But the Gazette understands Boro chiefs will not entertain any approach for the impressive youngster.
The Hurworth hierarchy see Coulson as being part of the future framework of the club and will knock back bids.
Stay up and it sounds like they’ll stand firm, but every player has their price – and they may be forced to cash in should they be relegated to League One.
Here’s Coulson in action: