Middlesbrough are still keen to bolster their squad before the loan window closes on August 31st, and remain interested in plenty of players they failed to get over the line in the regular window.

One of the players Middlesbrough were heavily linked to was Everton star Yannick Bolasie, who had reportedly agreed a £15 million deal with the Teessiders, but nothing came to fruition by the time the transfer window closed on August 9th.

There were suggestions that Middlesbrough should delve back into the deal and pursue a loan move for the DR Congo international, with a view to buy the winger in the summer. But Bolasie’s £80,000 a week wages were a stumbling block for Boro, and Aston Villa soon became favourites to sign him.

However, a report in The Bristol Post states that Middlesbrough are ‘still keen’ on a deal for the Everton man despite the rumoured interest from Villa Park.

Both Boro and Villa remain short in wide areas, and are looking to bolster their options going forwards. Middlesbrough lost talismanic winger Adama Traore to Wolves earlier in the window, and are wanting a similar style player to provide flair, assists and goals from out wide.

Similarly, Aston Villa lost Robert Snodgrass, with his loan deal ending with the club in the summer. The Scot headed back to West Ham United, where he looks to be staying, and so Steve Bruce will target alternative options.

Bolasie didn’t even make the bench for Everton in their opening day draw at Wolves, and he is actively looking for a move away from the club to get valuable playing time under his belt after being told he won’t be in new manager Marco Silva’s plans.

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