Boro agree Real deal for Woody

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Real Madrid have agreed a permanent deal with Middlesbrough for Jonathan Woodgate.

The centre-back is spending the season on loan at The Riverside and has made 21 appearances in the Premiership.

Boro boss Gareth Southgate has been eager to retain Woodgate on a long-term basis and has now reached a deal with Real.

Southgate will now look to persuade the defender that his future will be best served by staying on Teesside.

Woodgate has regained his fitness, and place in the England squad, since joining Boro on loan.

He joined Real in a £13.4million transfer from Newcastle United in 2004, but the Spanish club have not disclosed the sum they will recoup from selling the player to Boro.

A statement on the Madrid website said: "Real Madrid and Middlesbrough have today reached an agreement for the transfer of Jonathan Woodgate.

"Real Madrid wants to wish Jonathan Woodgate the best personal and professional success in this new stage of his sporting career."