The Sun claims that Middlesbrough are eyeing up a £10million switch for Le Havre defender Harold Moukoudi. With the permanent transfer window closed, Boro are happy for the deal to go ahead in January as they look to identify a replacement for Ben Gibson, now of Premier League side Burnley.
Chairman Steve Gibson is happy for manager Tony Pulis to splash some of the cash the club recouped in recent times. Star forward Adama Traore also departed for the top flight when making the switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Whilst Pulis is also looking for some loan recruits, Moukoudi is someone he is desperate to snap up in time for the second half of the campaign.
Moukoudi is only aged 20, so has plenty of years ahead of him potentially at the heart of the Boro back line. The player himself was hoping for a switch prior to deadline day to a club in the English Premier League, but that did not materialise. This could be to the benefit of Middlesbrough, who will be hoping to be in a strong league position in January to persuade the centre back that they could offer Premier League football themselves for next season. Many clubs had been monitoring the player for some time, including Arsenal and RB Leipzig.
Le Havre currently play in Ligue 2, the second tier in the French footballing pyramid. They will find it hard to turn down any fee of note for one of their future prospects. Their youth system is highly regarded across world football, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Lassana Diarra, Dimitri Payet, Riyah Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy all playing in their academy at some stage.