Southgate hopeful on Young
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gareth Southgate believes he could be just days away from signing Luke Young.Gareth Southgate believes he could be just days away from securing the capture of Luke Young.
Middlesbrough agreed a fee of £2.5million with Charlton for the full-back at the end of last week.
Southgate has yet to speak with the 28-year-old face-to-face but is confident there will be no last-minute problems.
"We're just waiting to meet the player and hopefully that will happen in the early part of next week," Southgate told The Northern echo.
"The initial conversations have been positive. He is an experienced defender, who is very good on the ball and that is important for full-backs in the modern game.
"He is an England international and he would bring us a wealth of experience in that position.
"The age he is at and the fact he has captained his club is something that appeals to me."
Southgate is still looking to strengthen his squad before the start of the new Premier League season but has refused to be drawn on the future of Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
The Nigerian has been linked with several clubs, including Aston Villa, Manchester City, Portsmouth and West Ham.
Southgate said: "I'm always looking to improve things but anything can happen in the last two weeks (of the transfer window).
"The positions we have strengthened were those that needed the most attention.
"We have nothing to report (about Yakubu). Speculation goes on and there is nothing we can do about it."