Middlesbrough face Championship challenge for League Two star

Middlesbrough will battle with Preston North End to sign Northampton Town keeper David Cornell, as reported by Football Insider.

They’re not alone in their pursuit of the 28-year-old, with Ipswich Town also keen despite boasting Will Buckley and Tomas Holy as their current keepers.

Cornell is in the final year of his deal at Sixfields, and those coveting his signature know he could be available for a bargain price in January, or perhaps even on a free transfer in the summer. Keith Curle is thought to be keen on retaining the stopper’s services but is are aware that he may have to cash in.

Cornell spent six years at Swansea City, earning Wales honours up to Under 21 level. He had loan spells with Hereford United, Port Talbot, St Mirren and Portsmouth, before making a permanent move to Oldham Athletic.

After just 17 outings for the Latics, he made the move to the Cobblers, spending two years as an understudy to Richard O’Donnell before breaking into the squad last season after O’Donnell’s switch to Bradford City.

Our View

Northampton have been lucky with keepers; O’Donnell was highly-rated whilst at Sixfields and his understudy has proven to be equally as proficient.

It’s a shame they didn’t tie a deal up earlier because as soon as bigger clubs start sniffing around it spells trouble. Today’s speculation won’t help Northampton’s cause one bit. After all, at 28 he is running out of time to crack the Championship.

I can’t understand Ipswich’s desire to bring him in though; Holy is a top keeper and Will Buckley is easily League One quality as well. Plus, they have Bialkowski out on loan as well.

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