According to Sportlens, Championship duo Middlesbrough and Leeds United are set to battle it out over the loan signing of Everton and England under-21 international Kieran Dowell.

Dowell spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest but has since returned to his parent club Everton in the summer. However, with playing time at a premium at Goodison Park, Toffees boss Marco Silva may look to offload the 21-year old on a short-term deal.

Middlesbrough are lacking creativity with only Martin Braithwaite and Stewart Downing operating as a number ten so far this campaign. Dowell would be a more natural fit given Braithwaite’s preferred role is as a striker, and Stewart Downing is usually deployed out wide on the left.

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Dowell won the under-20 World Cup with England in 2017, alongside Boro defender Dael Fry, as well as former-Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook, who currently plies his trade at Bournemouth. The Everton midfielder could possibly reunite with Fry if a loan move does come to fruition.

On the other hand, Leeds could also pursue Dowell as a back up to Samuel Saiz. Lewis Baker is currently providing the back up option to the Spaniard, but Marcelo Bielsa could look elsewhere to provide competition in that area of the pitch.

The Everton man has only made two appearances for the club, with both coming in the 2015/16 season. Although having been on the bench on three occasions under Marco Silva so far in the Premier League this campaign, he is still yet to feature. However, he has made two starts in this season’s Carabao Cup competition.

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