According to The Sun, Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is desperate to tie up a deal for Le Havre centre-back Harold Moukoudi ahead of the January transfer window.
Boro lost Ben Gibson to Burnley in the latter stages of the summer transfer window, and despite bringing Aden Flint and Paddy McNair to the Riverside Stadium, it is understood that Pulis still wants a new centre-back.
According to The Sun, Le Havre defender Moukoudi has been identified as the perfect addition, and the Championship outfit are keen to tie up a deal which would see the 20-year-old make the move in the early stages of 2019.
West Ham United were strongly linked with a move for the central defender in the latter stages of the summer window, whilst it is understood that a number of other Premier League clubs are admirers.
However, it is being reported that Moukoudi would be prepared to drop down into the Championship if Boro can agree a deal with Le Havre.
A four-time France Under-20 international, Moukoudi came through the youth system at Le Havre, and has since developed into a first-team regular.
The centre-back will not turn 21 until the latter stages of this year, but made 44 appearances in all competitions for his French club last term.
The Frenchman also contributed four goals in Ligue 2 last season, and standing at 6ft 3in, he has the potential to be a colossus in the second tier of English football.
The fact that Moukoudi’s contract expires at the end of this season means that Boro will not have to break the bank in order to secure his signature.
And it would send out a serious message to the rest of the Championship if Pulis managed to bring the Frenchman to the Riverside at the mid-point of the season.