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 on their official website, mfc.co.uk, that 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 £7million for Woodgate on that occasion before an £8million move to Tottenham in January 2008.
The former Leeds youth player has commanded in excess of £35million in transfer fees despite suffering an injury-stricken career.
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|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
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|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
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