BORO TO MAKE EHIOGU MOVE?
By David Allen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ehiogu has been the subject of interest from the likes of Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds and Boro ever since he admitted that he wanted a "change of scenery" earlier this summer.
Potential moves so far have fallen through because Villa would not agree a fee for him, as they are due to pay half to his former club West Brom due to a sell-on clause from that transfer.
However, The Baggies admitted on Thursday that they are back in talks over a possible lump sum payment which would see them give up that option, meaning that Villa will get the full transfer fee.
After the price was pushed up from an initial £6 million, Manchester City had a bid of over £7 million turned down earlier this week and gave up the chase for the 27-year-old.
But Boro - who have been chasing him for almost a month - are still believed to see Ehiogu as a target, and it is reported that Robson will make an £8 million bid for him on the club's return from a pre-season tour of Spain this weekend.
Such a figure would be hard for Villa to turn down if they can come to a settlement with Albion, leaving the player to decide on personal terms with the big-spending club.
Ehiogu stated that he wants to join a club with ambition, and could well see Boro, who have already signed Christian Karembeu, Paul Okon, Alen Boksic, Joseph Desire-Job, Mark Crossley and Noel Whelan this summer, as the place to stake a claim for an international place.
Meanwhile, Boro defender Craig Harrison has gone to Crystal Palace on a month's loan, and speculation is suggesting that Robson will look to sign Hearts left-back Gary Naysmith should Christian Ziege leave the club.