Middlesbrough target Digard

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed his interest in signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Didier Digard. Southgate believes the 21-year-old could help plug the gap left by the departures of Fabio Rochemback and Gaizka Mendieta, with George Boateng's future yet to be resolved.

"Didier is somebody we have been watching and he is somebody we have made an enquiry about," said the former England defender. "He is a player with definite qualities and he is someone we are interested in, but at this stage of the summer, it is difficult to go any further.

"But the one major difference between Didier and a lot of other players is that the signs seem to suggest that his club are willing to sell him. That obviously puts him in a slightly different position to some of the other players we might have been looking at."

Southgate, who invested heavily in forwards last season, will concentrate on his midfield resources this time. Boro have been linked with a series of targets, including Newcastle United's James Milner, Chelsea's Steve Sidwell, Reading's James Harper and Heerenveen's Michael Bradley.