One player who will not be joining Newcastle United this summer is former Rangers striker Kris Boyd, who has agreed to join Middlesbrough.
Kris Boyd – to sign for Middlesbrough
The Scotland striker has been linked with Newcastle since January, but Chris Hughton has never said he’s been really interested in the player and the surprise is that he wasn’t picked up by a Premier League club.
There was significant interest in the player from Turkey but Kris wanted to play in England, and although Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers were said to be interested last week, he has signed for the Championship club.
That’s a good signing for Middlesbrough and they will have to hope he can help them get promoted next season.
This is what Kris said about the move:
“I’ve had a few offers to consider and it’s been a case of talking to my family about the positives and negatives of each one,”
“Middlesbrough have always been very appealing. Strachan has big plans and has made me feel wanted. I first met him in January and he impressed me at that meeting.”
“Everything has just about been agreed and I will go through my medical today (Sunday) or tomorrow (Monday). I don’t envisage any problems and I’m looking forward to starting my Boro career.”
So one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer finally comes to an end.
Many of his former team-mates at Rangers will be unimpressed that he left one of Scotland’s top two clubs, for a second division club in England, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of interest in the player in the Premier League.
Kris is the leading goal-scorer of all time for Rangers, but there again there’s a huge difference in class between the Scottish Premier League and that south of the border.