Middlesbrough closing on deal for ex-Liverpool defender

Antonio Barragan could be on his way to the Riverside. Credit: PA

Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough are in talks to sign Valencia defender Antonio Barragan.

The Spanish right-back, who started his career at Liverpool, has played well over 100 games for Valencia but is now available for transfer.

The ex-Deportivo La Coruna defender has, reportedly, been offered a three-year deal by Aitor Karanka.

Barragan could be one of two Valencia players to head to Middlesbrough this week with the club also in talks to sign Alvaro Negredo from the La Liga side.