Middlesbrough, Hull City and Leeds are reportedly tracking Sturm Graz midfielder James Jeggo

Middlesbrough, Hull City and Leeds are reportedly tracking Sturm Graz midfielder James Jeggo – who had leukemia as a teenager.

The Trio of Championship clubs are showing interest in the Australian, who will see his contract with the Austrian club expire at the end of the season.

The 25-year-old, who was scouted by Leeds United this week, recently turned down the offer of fresh terms at the Austrian Bundesliga leaders.

He will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January prior to making a move in the summer.

 Jeggo has English parents, meaning he qualifies to play in the UK without a work permit, but his brother Luc revealed last month how ‘Jimmy’ inspired him as a teenage cancer sufferer.

“He had leukemia when he was about 16, 17 and that was a solid year,” Luc said.

“He was obviously in the hospital for a long time and then he worked his way through it.

He was training at Melbourne Knights with a bald head and then with Victory youth and worked his way up the ranks with Victory.

“It’s a pretty crazy story. I remember when we were in the hospital it wasn’t even a matter for him, like life or death, it was always just: ‘OK I just need to get through this and then I’m playing football again’.

“He was so positive through the whole thing. I even remember one day I walked into the hospital and he was doing push-ups with the cords attached to him.

“But that was just him, he was so positive and determined and so there was never really a doubt that he was going to beat it and then go on to bigger things.”


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