Tony Pulis has been linked with an ambitious swoop for former Boro star Adama Traore, now plying his trade in the Premier League with Wolves.
The wide man earned a reputation as a fearsome attacker with Boro last season, helping them to a top six finish and earning himself a big money switch to Nuno Santo’s champions.
He set them back £18m after they met a release clause in his contract and he’s since gone on to make three Premier League starts for them, coming off the bench on 11 occasions. He’s only bagged once in black and gold, earning a 1-0 win at West Ham in September.
That status as an impact sub may have attracted the interest of Pulis, believing that it means he could be available for a transfer, but any swoop would be hugely ambitious. The former Villa man is an exciting talent with the ability to turn a game with his pace and skill.
Could he make a Boro move? Our FLW team discuss.
It’s ambitious but Boro are clearly wasting their time.
Wolves are never going to release Traore, he’s playing regularly enough for them and still adapting to a new side.
Pulis needs to move on.
He would be the missing piece in the jigsaw.
Traore’s pace is frightening and he would be exactly what Middlesbrough need going forward for the rest of the season.
They need someone who has the ability to change the course of game on their own, and Traore can do that.
If Pulis could do the deal, great.
What are the chances though? How are Wolves going to just write off £20m?
He’s getting games there, not as frequently as he might but he’s still on their first team radar.
Absolute non-starter this one.