Middlesbrough are still keen to complete a loan deal for Everton winger Yannick Bolasie before the end of August, according to The Daily Star.
Tony Pulis’s main objective as Boro manager this season is to guide the club back into the Premier League.
The North Yorkshire outfit are one of the favourites to challenge for a spot in the top flight, but in order to do that they need a strong squad.
After Adama Traore left to join Wolverhampton Wanderers last week, Boro have had an opening for a new defender.
The loan market remains open, and according to The Northern Echo, Everton’s Bolasie is Pulis’s top target.
The publication states that Boro opened talks with Everton at the start of August, but the 29-year-old, who is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, wanted to wait for another Premier League club to come in for him.
The fact that the winger made it clear that he wanted to stay in the top division suggests that he may not be 100% committed to the cause if he joins Boro on loan.
Dropping down to the Championship is not the most appealing for Premier League footballers, but Bolasie is no stranger to the lower leagues.
Boro do not have much choice when it comes to wingers as they can only pursue loans, and despite the Daily Star reporting that Aston Villa are also interested, Pulis’s side should continue trying to get a deal done.
If Bolasie can focus his mind, then he has the ability to be a real nuisance for the opposition in the second tier.
The former Crystal Palace player has speed and skill that could make him an asset throughout the campaign and boost the Teesside outfit’s promotion bid.