Middlesbrough in shock transfer talks to sign Europa League prodigy

According to reports from Voetball24, Middlesbrough are in advanced talks to sign Anderlecht star Dennis Praet.

The 22-year-old is rated as one of the most exciting talents in the Belgian top flight and has featured in nine Europa League fixtures for Anderlecht this season, producing one assist.

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Earlier this season, Liverpool were being linked with a £22.3million summer swoop for the Belgium international, who amassed 46 caps for his country at youth level before making his senior debut in November 2014.

But according to Voetball24, it’s Championship runners-up Middlesbrough who are now holding talks to sign Praet with his current employers.

Aitor Karanka’s side are preparing for their first top flight campaign since 2008/09 after beating Brighton on the final day of the season to guarantee automatic promotion to the Premier League.

And the Riverside outfit appear to be targeting foreign youngsters with high potential. According to BBC Sport, they’ve already sealed a £3.8million transfer deal for Ajax forward Viktor Fischer.