Premier League outfit Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, according to The Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old moved to the Riverside Stadium only last year after an unsuccessful time at Aston Villa, where he managed just 11 appearances and netted only once in their disastrous top-flight campaign back in 2015/16.
And although he failed to net at all for Boro last term, the former Barcelona star carried a genuine attacking threat with his incredible power and pace, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to help keep the North East side in the Premier League, with them finishing 19th in the table and 12 points adrift of safety.
However, Traore’s industrious efforts down the Middlesbrough right has attracted much interest from those in the top tier, and recent reports suggest that Newcastle have joined the chase to land the Spaniard this summer.
Rafa Benitez’s Magpies will be playing top-flight football next season after clinching the Championship title last time round, yet reinforcements will be needed in many areas of their squad if they are to compete and indeed avoid an immediate return to the second tier next term.
And although Traore was unable to net for Middlesbrough last season, and indeed only contributed one assist, he did cause defenders some problems with his sheer strength and pace, and if he could combine that with a greater end product, Benitez would have a seriously adept winger in his ranks.
However, it looks like he’ll have a battle on his hands with both Chelsea and West Ham also reportedly interested in the 21-year-old, and they may even find it tough convincing Middlesbrough to part with the Spaniard, with Garry Monk’s men reportedly unwilling to sell their wing wizard.
Clearly, this could become quite the transfer saga over the coming weeks and months, and it very much remains to be seen whether the £6.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) is lining up for Boro in their Championship opener at Wolves on August 5.
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