Boro back in for Geremi
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Middlesbrough are understood to have made a bid to lure Geremi back to Teesside.
Middlesbrough are understood to have made a bid to lure Geremi back to The Riverside.
The Cameroon midfielder had a very successful stint on Teesside in 2002 before he opted he joined Chelsea from Real Madrid.
Geremi was a big signing for Claudio Ranieri - costing £7 million and he featured heavily last term.
However, since Jose Mourinho's arrival at the club - Geremi has sunk down the pecking order and has started just two Premiership games this season.
The arrival of Czech Republic midfielder Jiri Jarosik could ease the way for one of Chelsea's midfielders to leave and both Geremi and Scott Parker, who is currently injured, look the most likely to be given permission to depart.
Boro are in desperate need of midfield reinforcements and have been tipped to move for Amdy Faye - but the chance of getting Geremi looks to be of greater appeal to Steve McClaren, although it is thought that the Teessiders want to add two midfielders to their squad within the transfer window.
McClaren is big admirer of Geremi and also made a bid for him in the summer - which was turned down by Chelsea.
Chelsea insist they do not want to let anybody else leave the club this month with Jarosik purely introduced as a replacement for the injured Parker.
"There's no-one going out," stated assistant manager Steve Clarke.
"We've said consistently that no-one is going out during the transfer window."