Cardiff City and Middlesbrough are reportedly battling for the signing of Caen striker Enzo Crivelli.
The 24-year-old scored six goals in 35 appearances last season for the French club, who were relegated to Ligue 2.
According to French outfit L’Equipe, Crivelli is expected to leave Caen this summer with several British clubs interested.
The report highlights the interest of Boro and Cardiff, “who have already made first contact.”
The France under-21 international has played for a string of top tier French sides, scoring 23 goals and providing nine assists in 125 appearances in Ligue 1.
The Frenchman is a physical forward who could provide a presence to the Championship sides’ frontlines.
Both clubs will be targeting promotion this season and may feel that Crivelli could give them the boost they need.
The Bluebirds were relegated last season after just one year in the Premier League, while Boro narrowly missed out on the play-offs–finishing one point off the top six.
Both sides are in dire need of signing striking reinforcements so it could be a good move.
Despite finishing seventh, Middlesbrough were the fifth lowest scorers in the Championship last season and it is vital Jonathan Woodgate adds more attacking talent this summer.
Only Huddersfield Town scored fewer goals than Cardiff in the Premier League in 2018/19 and adding more goals to the side should be high on Neil Warnock’s list of priorities.
With Caen having been relegated from Ligue 1 last season, the 24-year-old may be available on a reduced fee, which could be a shrewd bit of business for the Championship sides.
However, the Frenchman’s goalscoring record is poor and raises some questions, so it would certainly be a risk for either club.