Boro Show Interest In Mills

Last updated : 21 August 2003 By Kevin Markey
This morning's Yorkshire Post reports that the England right-back is not interested in a move to the Midlands and that he is still keen to try to save his career with Leeds.

The article states that it is doubtful whether the duo will be able to patch up their differences after Reid dropped Mills from his 17-man squad to face Newcastle on Sunday and the player responded by accusing the manager of trying to force him out of the club.

News that Birmingham manager Steve Bruce had made contact with Leeds to discuss the possibility of a season-long loan move to St Andrews had seemed to offer a solution but Mills wants to speak with Reid before any decision on his future is made.

They are likely to meet for the first time since the row this morning when Mills returns from England duty following last night's game against Croatia at Ipswich.

With a young family settled in Yorkshire, Mills is eager to stay at Leeds but should it become obvious that he is not wanted by Reid then Middlesbrough could provide the ideal way out.

With Euro 2004 around the corner Mills needs regular first-team football to retain his England place.

It is understood Middlesbrough have made tentative enquiries but it is not known whether they would be willing to pay a fee for Mills or whether they too would want to sign him initially on loan.

Mills would be interested in a switch to Boro, having worked with Steve McClaren when he was with England and has made his respect for the coach known on a regular basis.

His close friendship with Boro captain Gareth Southgate and the fact that he would be able to travel to Middlesbrough fairly easily from his home could also prove decisive.