Multiple sources confirm that Middlesbrough have made an offer to Eredivisie side Heerenveen for the services of United States’ midfielder Michael Bradley.
While Everton continue to ponder a move for either Bradley or Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson, Middlebrough has made an offer of £3.2 million to Heerenveen, a club they have dealt with before in their acquisition of striker Afonso Alves last season. Gareth Southgate’s side is thin in midfield and target Bradley as one of a couple of major acquisitions to bolster their team and fill the shoes of departed Dutch international George Boateng.
While Bradley, in an interview for FIFA’s web site, did not specifically comment on the Middlesbrough or Everton rumors, he did address the increased speculation that he will find his way to the Premiership for next season’s campaign.
“I’d love to play in the Premier League,” he told FIFA.com. “I’m aware of the rumors currently going around, and hopefully something will work out on that score.
“It would take a little bit of time to adjust, but I’m confident that I could adapt and do well.”
Bradley has also been linked with a move to Blackburn, Newcastle, Sundlerland, Bolton or West Ham. A move to the Bundeliga also remains in the picture, with clubs Werder Bremen and Stuttgart being previously cited.