Middlesbrough are still looking to replace the departed Adama Traore with another wide man, and have identified Aston Villa’s Albert Adomah as a possible replacement, according to The Hartlepool Mail.

The report suggests that Aston Villa are looking to cut their wage bill, with Middlesbrough looking to pounce and secure a permanent deal for the Ghanaian international.

Another side reportedly interested in Adomah is Leeds United, but it is believed the winger would prefer a move back to Teesside, having spent three years at The Riverside between 2013 and 2016 before moving to Aston Villa.

Under Steve Bruce earlier this season, Adomah was frequently used as a substitute, with the former-Villa boss signing two wingers in the summer transfer window in Anwar El Ghazi and Boro target Yannick Bolasie. However, under new manager Dean Smith, Adomah has come back into the side, and could prove his worth before they commit to selling him in January.

The 30-year old was on his way to Middlesbrough on transfer deadline day in September, however, talks broke down over the type of deal both parties wanted to pursue. Villa preferred a permanent deal, but Middlesbrough wanted an initial loan deal, with a view to buy.

Tony Pulis’ side currently have one natural wide player on their books in Stewart Downing, with Martin Braithwaite occupying the opposite flank, but his natural position is as a striker or as a number 10. A move for Albert Adomah makes sense for the player, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, and a deal could come to fruition in the coming months.

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