According to reports in The Sun, Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers are leading the race to sign Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore in an £18m deal, and Championship side Leeds United should be watching developments closely.
Well, The Sun says that Boro boss Tony Pulis is considering selling the highly-rated attacker to boost his transfer fund ahead of a promotion push in the upcoming season, and that the former Barcelona starlet has a release clause set at £18m that allows clubs to discuss personal terms with him.
Traore struggled to make much of an impression in the Premier League with Aston Villa, but he has been much improved with the Teesside outfit and he ended the campaign with five goals and a further 12 assists in 34 league games, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by Terriers manager David Wagner.
The German obviously feels that he needs attacking reinforcements with his side only narrowly avoiding relegation last term, and feels that the speedy Traore could add something for Town in the final third.
Well, new Whites manager Marcelo Bielsa, whom fans are desperate to sign these three players the most this summer, will surely be looking to add to his squad before the start of the new Championship season, and adding some quality in wide areas may well be a priority with Ezgjan Alioski being one of their only natural widemen during the 2017/18 campaign.
Ince would arrive at Elland Road with proven pedigree at this level with 68 goals and a further 44 assists in 211 second-tier appearances, and he would certainly add a real creative and goal threat for them in the final third given he was also something of a regular in the top flight last term.
That said, first-team opportunities were more few and far between towards the end of the season and the arrival of Traore in an £18m deal would surely push him further down the pecking order, and perhaps looking to leave in search of regular minutes on the pitch again.