According to Pete O’Rourke of Football Insider, Middlesbrough are interested in signing West Ham United winger Grady Diangana on a season-long loan deal.
Grady Diangana broke through into the West Ham team last season, and went on to make 17 appearances in the Premier League for the Hammers. The report states that several Championship clubs have identified the 21-year old as a possible loan target.
Middlesbrough are the only club named in the article, with new boss Jonathan Woodgate keen to add pace and speed to his ranks ahead of their season opener away at Championship new boys Luton Town on Friday 2nd August.
Diangana is currently away with West Ham in pre-season, playing in the Premier League Asia Trophy. Manager Manuel Pellegrini will take a good luck at the youngster before deciding if his short-term future is in London with the Hammers or elsewhere.
He is a England under-20 international, playing twice for the youth set up. During his time with the Three Lions he played alongside Middlesbrough winger Marcus Tavernier, and the Boro wide man could play a part in persuading Diangana to sign on loan for the North-East club.
Tavernier is one of just two wingers, along with Marvin Johnson, currently on the books at Middlesbrough following the departure of stalwart Stewart Downing and Rajiv van La Parra returning to his parent club Huddersfield Town.
Since the sale of Adama Traore to Wolves last season, Boro have not replaced the pace that the young Spaniard possessed, and Diangana could be that missing piece to help them achieve a top six finish.