Middlesbrough are reportedly in the market for a goalkeeper this up and coming January transfer window.

As reported on The 72 earlier this week, Middlesbrough are one of a whole host of Championship clubs interested in Northampton Town shot stopper David Cornell.

But, according to Sport Witness they may have now turned their attention to France youth international ‘keeper André Costa Da Silva, who is an under 19’ international for Les Bleus.

The 18 year old currently plies his trade for Evreux in the French fifth tier, and has been attracting attention from Ligue 1 giants Olympique de Marseille, as well as former La Liga side Las Palmas. He moved to Evreux in the summer, following several years in Ligue 2 side La Havre’s youth setup.

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Despite Costa Da Silva playing in the fifth division in France, it highlights the extent of Middlesbrough’s scouting, showing they are now looking to Europe to find younger, hungrier, affordable players with potential, which fits their current transfer model.

Evreux have produced several top talents, who have gone on to play for big clubs across Europe. These include Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, both of which were included in France’s World Cup winning squad of 2018.

Middlesbrough currently have Irishman Darren Randolph as their number one between the sticks, but multiple injuries have kept him out of action for several weeks of the season. Youngster Aynsley Pears has been a good stand-in, with new signing Tomas Mejias offering his services as third choice at the club.

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