Boro close to Distin deal

15 August 2006 08:00
Manchester City have accepted an undisclosed bid from Middlesbrough for French centre-half Sylvain Distin. The 28-year-old has rejected an offer to extend his stay with City and Distin will fall out of contract next summer. Distin joined City in the summer of 2002 for £4million from Paris St Germain, having impressed while on loan at Newcastle United during the 2001-02 campaign. In total he made 163 appearances for the Citizens, scoring just four times. Boro have been keen to land a central defender ever since Gareth Southgate moved upstairs to become manager at the Riverside, having seen an earlier deal to sign Chelsea's Robert Huth fall through.

Source: ESA