Middlesbrough are in the race for West Bromwich Albion winger Matt Phillips, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

Boro boss Tony Pulis worked with Phillips previously at West Brom and has identified the Scot as a potential replacement for Adama Traore, should the much-coveted Spanish winger depart the club this summer.

Traore was electric for Boro in the second half of last season and added an end product to his game, with his goals and assists firing Middlesbrough into the play-off picture before their 1-0 aggregate defeat to Aston Villa in the semi-finals.

Pulis clearly sees Phillips as a similar mould of winger to the former Barcelona man, with his pace and trickery helping make a name for himself in an average QPR side between 2013 and 2016 before his big-money move to West Brom in the summer of 2016.

Since joining the Baggies, Phillips has sparkled without setting the world alight, notching six goals in 57 appearances for the Midlands club in the Premier League.

However, with Darren Moore’s side relegated to the Championship last season, Phillips could be looking towards the exit door and with an exciting rebuilding job going on at Middlesbrough, the 12-time Scotland international could see a brighter future with Tony Pulis’ men.

With fellow West Brom winger Nacer Chadli also on his way out of the club, Moore will be reluctant to let Phillips leave the Hawthorns this summer and Boro would likely have to pay a bumper fee to secure the services of the former Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United man.

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