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Middlesbrough and Aston Villa both agree fees for Joe Bryan

According to the Bristol Post, both Middlesbrough and Aston Villa have agreed a fee for Joe Bryan and it is now reportedly up to the player as to which club he will join.

The fee is believed to be in the region of £5 million.

Attacking full-back

Bryan did begin his career with his current club Bristol City. However, he has also enjoyed several loan spells throughout his career.

He spent a season on loan at Bath but only managed to make four appearances and Bryan also spent a season with Plymouth but he only made 10 appearances for them.

For his parent club, Bristol, Bryan has made 229 appearances, in which he has scored 21 and assisted 29.

Bryan is also very versatile. He is naturally a left-back, a spot he has played 96 times throughout his career.

However, he can also play left midfield, right-back, right midfield and even centre mid on a few occasions.

Bryan had a solid 2017/18 season for Bristol, in which he played 48 games, scored seven and assisted three and as a result, is attracting attention from a lot of clubs.

Steve Bruce

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts after a near miss during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

A poor season

At the start of the 2017/18 season, Middlesbrough were one of the favourites to win automatic promotion.

This is hardly surprising given the players they kept hold of, the money they spent and the manager they had signed.

However, despite Gary Monk having a good 2016/17 season with Leeds, he was useless at Boro.

By Christmas Middlesbrough were not even close to a playoff spot, this was simply not good enough and as a result, Monk was replaced by Tony Pulis on Boxing day.

Pulis did his best to sort Monk’s mess out and did guide Boro to the playoffs. However, they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa over two legs.

So, Pulis will now be using this summer to put his own touch on the Boro squad with Bryan looking to be Boro’s third signing of the summer.

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