According to Everything MFC, Middlesbrough are considering a move for Villarreal midfielder Alfred N’Diaye, who played in the Championship last season with Wolves.

N’Diaye is reportedly allowed to leave the club for a fee in the region of €9million, according to Sport Witness, and Middlesbrough have enquired about the midfielder this week.

Tony Pulis currently plays a 4-3-3 formation, and with only four recognised ‘first-team’ central midfielders, the Boro boss is hoping to add some players to provide competition. Boro are looking to bolster their options in midfield after it is likely they will miss out on re-signing Everton’s Muhamed Besic who spent last season on-loan at the Riverside.

N’Diaye endured an up and down season with Wolves, and only made 17 starts for the club during his loan spell at Molineux. Wolves had first refusal of the midfielder, and could have made the loan deal permanent at the end of the season, but they have ultimately decided not to offer a permanent contract to the Senegalese international.

Although Middlesbrough are looking likely to pursue a move for N’Diaye, they also face competition from Premier League new boys Cardiff City. With the Villarreal man having played a part in getting Wolves to the top flight, he could prefer a move to Cardiff over Middlesbrough.

Whatever happens, it looks likely that N’Diaye will leave La Liga, and having played in England for a number of years with Sunderland, Hull City and Wolves, yet again it seems to be the preferred destination for the midfielder. But whether it is the Championship or the Premier League remains to be seen.

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