Ligue 1 side Lille are ready to meet Middlesbrough’s asking price for winger Adama Traore, just days after having an initial bid rejected by the Championship club, reports TEAMtalk.
The 21-year-old only moved to the Riverside Stadium last year following a short and unsuccessful stint at Aston Villa, with whom he failed to score in ten Premier League matches, and thus couldn’t keep in the top-flight back in the 2015/16 season.
And although the former Spain youth international showed flashes of brilliance last season, they were only flashes, with Traore finishing the campaign goalless and with just two assists in 31 appearances for the club.
And it appears that his short spell in the North East is coming to an end this month, as recent reports suggest that Lille, who failed with a bid for the winger last week, are set to meet Boro’s valuation.
The Ligue 1 side only managed an 11th place finish in the French top-flight last season and will be seeking reinforcements for a better campaign this time round, a campaign which has seen them win just one of their first four league games.
And they clearly feel that Traore can benefit them in their bid to climb the division this term, in a move which is unlikely to faze Middlesbrough fans too much, as the 21-year-old often was unable to turn moments of brilliance into meaningful contributions.
Although a deal isn’t done yet, it does appear likely that Traore will be ending his frustrating spell in English football this month.
The Verdict: There was much excitement whenever Adama Traore took to the pitch for Middlesbrough last season, although that excitement certainly seemed to dwindle as the campaign wore on.
And that’s because the 21-year-old often showed flashes of quality which rarely turned into meaningful contributions, with just two assists and no goals a disappointing return from his 34 matches for the club.
And given the calibre of signings made by manager Garry Monk over the summer, Traore is unlikely to command a first team place this season, so getting the reported €15 million for his services looks set to be an excellent piece of business from the Boro hierarchy.
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