Jewell confirms Friend bid

Doncaster defender ready to finalise move to Middlesbrough

George Friend: Doncaster defender is joining Middlesbrough but was also wanted by Ipswich

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Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has confirmed he made a bid for George Friend as the Doncaster Rovers defender prepares to finalise a move to Middlesbrough.

Doncaster accepted an offer from Boro for Friend earlier this month, but at the time Dean Saunders expected to receive further interest in the left-back.

Nottingham Forest and Ipswich were both linked with bids, and Jewell admitted it turned into a three-way fight for his signature.

"Dean Saunders rang me and said that Middlesbrough and Forest had made a bid for him," said Jewell in the East Anglian Daily Times.

"We did enquire after him, in fact we made a bid for him, but he's going to Middlesbrough."

Boro confirmed last Friday that Friend had agreed personal terms and undergone a medical, with the transfer expected to be finalised on Monday.