MICHAEL CARRICK is keen to snap up Leeds centre-half Charlie Cresswell to boost Middlesbrough’s promotion push.
Boro would break Cresswell’s loan at Millwall to buy him if the Elland Road club allow it.
A fee of around £4million plus extras could work for both.
Cresswell, 20, has been left out of the Lions side lately but has made 16 Championship appearances this season.
Boro see him as a long-term investment while Sunderland would take him on loan.
Cresswell has attracted interest from a variety of clubs in his short career.
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Manchester United and Liverpool showed an interest in the defender after he broke into the Leeds first-team last season.
Cresswell played seven times for Leeds in 2021-22 before dislocating his shoulder.
Norwich were reported to be keeping tabs on the youngster a few weeks ago as they chase promotion to the Premier League.
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch is a fan of Cresswell and wants him to get games under his belt.
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Marsch said: “Personality [he] is not afraid of anything. Even the first session we had he was the loudest player on the pitch.
"[He] does not shy away. He needs to play."
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