Middlesbrough have to fight it out with fellow Championship side Aston Villa if they are to bring Brentford striker Neal Maupay to The Riverside in the summer.
Mirror football has reported that Middlesbrough are facing competition from Aston Villa in their pursuit to sign Brentford forward Neal Maupay.
The French striker has enjoyed a stellar career at Brentford ever since he made a £1.6 million move from St-Etienne in the summer of 2017.
Maupay has been in fine form this season as he has already scored 26 goals and provided eight assists for Brentford, though The Bees continue to languish in the bottom half of the Championship.
Aston Villa and Boro aren’t the only sides to pursue Maupay’s signature, though, as recently-relegated Huddersfield Town are also interested in the prolific striker.
One thing which makes Villa confident of bringing the Frenchman to the Villa Park next season is the presence of manager Dean Smith in the dugout.
It was the current Villa manager who brought Maupay to England back when the former was managing Brentford in 2017.
However, one factor on which the move might hinge – even if Villa are currently the front-runners in the race – is the future of Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham.
The striker has netted 24 goals, though it remains unclear whether The Blues would allow him to make a permanent move away from the club in the summer.
Everton have made it clear that they will only allow Mo Besic to leave the club on a permanent deal in the upcoming summer transfer window.
News that the midfielder is available has alerted Turkish clubs Fenerbahce and Besiktas, both of whom are plotting summer moves for the 26-year-old.
Furthermore, it has also been claimed that The Blues would demand £9m for Besic, which is a pretty steep price tag for a player who has spent the last 18 months in the Championship.
Therefore, if Everton continue to remain unwilling from budging on their stance, any hope for Besic to turn his current move to Boro into a permanent one would fade away.
The 26-year-old has had an underwhelming season at the Teesside this season, though he will continue to feature for the club after Lewis Wing underwent a hernia operation earlier this month.
Yet, if Boro don't get promoted to the Premier League, any chances of them making a move to sign Besic on a permanent basis are slim.