Boro agreed a fee with their Championship rivals, Birmingham, for the signature of 28-year-old Shotton earlier this month but Blues boss Harry Redknapp refused to allow the player to move until he found a replacement.After the acquisition of Ryan Shotton from Birmingham, Middlesbrough are close to signing Oxford winger Marvin Johnson ahead of the transfer deadline.
With Harlee Dean on his way to St Andrew’s, Shotton had been given permission to travel north where underwent a medical at Boro’s Rockliffe training ground on Wednesday.
The centre-half made more than 50 first-team appearances for first club Stoke after progressing through their academy and has had permanent spells at Derby and Birmingham. He made over 50 senior appearances for Birmingham after joining them, initially on loan, in 2016 and has also had temporary spells at Altringham, Tranmere, Barnsley and Wigan.
Shotton will be joined by highly-rated Oxford wide man, Johnson, who is set to join Boro in an initial £2million deal plus add-ons. The 26-year-old, who joined the U’s in a £650,000 move from Motherwell last summer, has been linked with several clubs this summer, but Boro are the only club to come up with an acceptable offer.
Providing there are no setbacks with the medical, both players should be Boro players well in advance of Thursday’s 11pm deadline.