CHARLTON ATHLETIC will offer Anfernee Dijksteel a new contract to fend off reported interest in the full-back from Middlesbrough.

Jonathan Woodgate has spent his first week as Boro head coach assessing the strengths and weaknesses of his current squad, and compiling a list of potential summer targets in conjunction with the rest of his recruitment team.

With Paddy McNair expected to feature as a midfielder next season Ryan Shotton is the only out-and-out right-back currently on Boro’s books, and Dijksteel has been mentioned as a potential target.

The 22-year-old Dutchman joined Charlton from the Nike Academy in 2016, and made 30 league appearances last season as the Addicks won promotion to the Championship via the League One play-offs.

He is about to enter the final year of his current contract at the Valley, but Charlton do not want to lose him and are set to meet his representatives to discuss a new deal in the next seven days.

With the uncertainty over Lee Bowyer’s position as manager having been cleared up this week, Charlton officials are keen to move quickly to prevent Dijksteel’s head being turned.

Meanwhile, Italian side Sassuolo are the latest club to have expressed an interest in Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite.

Braithwaite spent last season on loan at Spanish side Leganes, and has previously expressed a desire to leave Teesside permanently this summer.

Woodgate is adamant that everyone will start his new regime with a clean slate, and expects Braithwaite to turn up for pre-season training next week.

However, the Teessiders are anticipating a large amount of interest in the Denmark international, with Leganes and Girona already having signalled their desire to complete a deal.

Sassuolo are also set to join the race, with the Italian side keen to build on their mid-table finish in Serie A last season.