Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Set to Step Up Hunt for Hibs Prospect

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Set to Step Up Hunt for Hibs Prospect

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Boro are expected to increase their interest in Hibs midfielder Scott Brown as soon as the season is over.

Gareth Southgate has already made a visit to Easter Road to watch the 21-year-old prospect in action.

Rangers are also said to be monitoring the situation.

Brown, pictured left, shocked fans last December when he handed in a transfer request along with fellow Hibs midfielder Kevin Thomson, who eventually moved to Rangers during the January transfer window.

At the end of that month Brown withdrew his transfer request and revealed he would be happy to see out the remainder of his contract, which runs until summer 2009.

However, several clubs are gathering in the wings, and the pressure will increase this summer for Hibs to sell.

Boro are at the forefront of a group of interested clubs which includes Celtic, Rangers, Everton and Spurs.

Brown is rated at around pounds 3m by Hibs, which probably represents good value for money if the potential buyer feels he has got what it takes to play at a higher level. …

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