Middlesbrough take Ali Reghba on trial, but face competition from Leeds

Tony Pulis must turn the trial of 18-year-old striker Ali Reghba into a permanent transfer as Football Insider note Leeds are now monitoring his situation.

What’s the word?

Bohemians’forward Reghba is currently on trial at the Riverside Stadium from his Republic of Ireland Premier Division side as Pulis looks to add further options at the top of the pitch.

The teenager burst onto the scene at his current side with two goals on his debut while also netting once in the UEFA Youth League.

Football Insider understands the trial will last two weeks and place Boro in pole position to sign the striker should they wish, but add that Leeds are now in the hunt with a well-placed source confirming they are monitoring his situation.

If Pulis decides to make a move for the teenager, it is suggested in the report that Bohemians would be unlikely to step in and block the move.

Why sign an unproven talent?

The teenage striker may be unproven at a senior level, but has previously represented his country in four appearances for the Republic of Ireland Under 19 side and featured in the Euro U19 Championship Qualifiers.

An energetic spark with fresh legs up top could also do one of two things – give Pulis more goals directly or fire up Martin Braithwaite as his drought continues.

Through a string of low-scoring games, mostly thanks to Boro holding the best defensive record after conceding just eight times in 16 outings, the Riverside club find themselves in a promotion challenge.

In one of Reghba’s appearances during the Euro U19 Championship Qualifiers, he picked up two assists in a 3-0 victory against the Faroe Islands and thanks to his young age, he can be moulded into the kind of striker Pulis desires.