Leeds United could accept a fee worth an initial £4 million for Charlie Cresswell, with The Sun reporting that Middlesbrough want to sign the centre-back this month.

Cresswell’s future is, somewhat surprisingly, up in the air. He previously looked destined to be a first-team stalwart at Elland Road. And you could hardly argue with anyone who expected the 20-year-old to one day wear the captain’s armband.

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However, it now appears that he could leave the club permanently. Reports from the Yorkshire Evening Post this week suggested that Leeds could consider offers for the defender this month.

Middlesbrough eyeing Charlie Cresswell

His loan at Millwall has not gone to plan. So it is little surprise that he could be on the move in the near future. However, the news that he could leave permanently is a disappointment.

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The Sun reports that Michael Carrick wants Cresswell at the Riverside Stadium. Carrick has done superbly since taking the Boro job earlier this season.

And the report claims that an initial £4 million fee would work for both parties. The overall number would be topped up by potential bonuses.

On paper, that may not appear to be a bad piece of business. Cresswell has only made a handful of first-team appearances for Leeds. And his time at the Den has been tough.

However, it would frustrate a lot of fans if Cresswell ended up leaving permanently. He certainly has the potential to be worth a lot more than that.

Leeds meanwhile, have just handed Diego Llorente a new long-term contract. That seems to make little sense when the Spaniard has proved to be an underwhelming signing.

Jesse Marsch suggested that Cresswell has an ‘amazing‘ mentality. So Leeds have to be prepared for this potential deal to prove to be a real mistake in the years to come.

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