By 90Min
July 19, 2017

​Former Leeds United boss and current Middlesbrough manager, Garry Monk is understood to be prepared to rock the boat at his former club by beating them to the signing of Jonny Howson.

Howson, the ex-Leeds trainee, is reportedly eager to leave Norwich City following five seasons at Carrow Road after turning down an offer for a new contract, as he is said to be keen for a move back north.

The ​Mirror report Boro are prepared to meet the Canaries' £5m valuation for the 29-year-old after Monk is understood to have trialled Howson during his time at Leeds - where his interest has not faded despite taking his manager duties elsewhere. 

The midfielder - who was born only three miles from Elland Road - has seemingly remained a popular figure at the club, following six seasons with the Whites from 2006-2012.

It has been reported that Howson had initially hoped to make a return to Leeds, but with Boro now throwing their hat into the ring following the financial backing of club owner, Steve Gibson, it will certainly give the 29-year-old something to ponder. 

Howson has continued to be a regular starter at Carrow Road, but with the club keen to rebuild following relegation from the Premier League two seasons ago the club's vice-captain is seemingly set to start the new Championship season at a new club.

With 188 appearances for Norwich and 24 club goals to his name, Howson could prove to be a valuable addition for either Middlesbrough or Leeds United, as both clubs hold serious aspirations of making a return to the Premier League.  

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