Middlesbrough ready to land home-town hero Woodgate

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JONATHAN WOODGATE is in line for a stunning return to hometown club Middlesbrough.

The Championship outfit today confirmed they were hoping to complete a move for the 32-year-old on a three-year deal, subject to a medical.

Woodgate is a free agent after his one-year contract at Stoke City expired in the summer.

The Potters have offered the centre-half a new deal, but Woodgate is ready to accept the chance to return to the Riverside.

Woodgate first joined Boro in a £7million deal in 2007 after a successful loan spell from Real Madrid.

But he was sold to Spurs for £7m in January 2008, where he endured an injury-hit hit spell at White Hart Lane.

The former Newcastle United defender made 21 appearances for Stoke last season though despite not featuring since the Europa League exit in Valencia in February.

Boro started pre-season training at Rockcliffe yesterday, with newcomers Grant Leadbitter, Stuart Parnaby and Christian Burgess meeting their team-mates.