Middlesbrough set to battle Aston Villa and Celtic for £5m defender

Middlesbrough could be set for a battle to land Le Havre defender Harold Moukoudi, according to reports.

Wednesday, 29th August 2018, 8:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th August 2018, 8:46 am
Middlesbrough have been linked with a 5m swoop
Middlesbrough have been linked with a 5m swoop

Boro are still searching for reinforcements ahead of Friday's transfer deadline with Tony Pulis eyeing some additional squad depth.

And fresh reports have linked Middlesbrough with a move for centre back Moukoudi - with speculation earlier this summer suggesting that a £5m move was being prepared.

Moukoudi, a French under-20 international, looked set to seal a move to Fulham earlier this month only for the deal to collapse at the last minute and has also been linked with Arsenal and Sevilla in recent months.

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His impressive performances for Ligue 2 side Le Havre have attracted plenty of interest from elsewhere, and reports suggest that Boro could have a battle on their hands to land the youngster.

The Daily Mail are reporting that both Aston Villa and Celtic are keen on a move for Moukoudi - with the former thought to be set to launch a loan move for the centre back.

Villa are keen to offload Tommy Elphick as QPR and Rangers show an interest, and are lining-up a move for Moukoudi as a replacement.

Whether Boro do launch a swoop remains to be seen, with Pulis thought to be prioritising other areas ahead of the deadline.