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Manchester City and Manchester United in battle for Middlesbrough wonderkid – report

Manchester City and Manchester United continue to do battle not just on the pitch but off it for transfer targets, with a young Middlesbrough player now on their radars.

The talent in question is Nathan Wood, a young defender who has just turned 16 and who both Manchester City and Manchester United are going head-to-head over, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Wood is so highly rated that he is already working with Tony Pulis’ first team and could be in line for some first team appearances this season if he sticks with the Championship club.

Despite the fact that he has just signed scholarship terms, Middlesbrough will be concerned that the Manchester giants have their eyes on Wood, a tall and talented England youth international.

Boro will be encouraged by the fact that Wood seems happy enough to stick around for now, but when Manchester City and Manchester United come calling and flaunting their academy facilities, it can tempt any youth into a move.

Wood’s father, Dean Gordon, featured for Middlesbrough from 1998 until 2002, in a journeyman 18-year career that saw him play for 20 different clubs including Crystal Palace, APOEL Nicosia and Auckland City.

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