A third club has agreed a fee with Middlesbrough for England defender Jonathan Woodgate.
Tottenham were thought to be favourites to sign the 28-year-old with Newcastle also keen on the former Real Madrid defender, but Boro chief executive Keith Lamb has revealed they have also accepted an offer from another, as yet unnamed side.
“We’ve agreed a fee with Tottenham and as far as I’m aware he went down at the weekend to have a medical and we’re just waiting to see,’ Lamb said.
“We agreed a fee with Tottenham, Newcastle and another club but we left it up to Jonathan, he could stay or go.”
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate said: “The latest is that we have given him permission to speak to Newcastle and to Tottenham.
“I think a fee is agreed with Newcastle, but I don’t know if a fee is agreed with Tottenham.
“He has got a decision to make, whether he wants to be part of what we are doing or whether he wants to move on somewhere else.”
Spurs remain Woodgate’s likeliest destiantion, with Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan conceding that Woodgate would not be returning to St James Park.
“At this moment I don’t think he’s going to come to Newcastle,” he said.
“I’m almost certain he’s going to move somewhere else – it looks like we’ve lost him and I’m very disappointed. It doesn’t look like he’s going to come.”
Woodgate has been troubled by injuries in the last few years and Lamb said Southgate was happy to let the player go providing his valuation was met.
“We’ve got an abundance of centre-backs and with the emergence of David Wheater and with Robert Huth back and Emanuel Pogatetz, Gareth felt he could let one of them go,” Lamb told talkSPORT.