Middlesborough boss Gareth Southgate is hoping Jeremie Aliadiere will convince ex-Arsenal team-mate Justin Hoyte to join the Teesside club.
The 23-year-old is wanted as a replacement for already-departed Luke Young and Arsenal accepted a reported £3.5million bid from Southgate’s side yesterday afternoon.
Southgate said: “I will try and sell my vision for the club. Justin’s got fantastic potential and I will be making sure Jeremie [Aliadiere] speaks with him.”
Hoyte joined Arsenal as an 11-year-old and made his first-team debut as a substitute against Southampton in 2003.
However, he failed to establish himself as a first-choice pick for Arsene Wenger and joined Sunderland on loan for the 2005-06 season.
Hoyte then returned to the Gunners and provided injury cover the next season, becoming the first Englishman to score for Arsenal at the new Emirates Stadium against Charlton in January 2007.