According to reports from various media outlets, Middlesbrough FC are ready to splash the cash for former fan favourite Albert Adomah in the upcoming January transfer window.
The Ghanaian midfielder has also attracted interest from fellow Championship side Leeds, spurring speculation that it would be a two horse race for his signature.
However, as far as Adomah is concerned, it is speculated that the 30-year-old would prefer a move back to the Riverside Stadium, having spent three years there already between 2013 and 2016.
During his stay back then, the 30-year-old made 130 appearances for Middlesbrough, scoring 23 goals in the process.
However, while he has been a dependable player in the lower leagues of English Football, the recent form of Adomah won’t fill Middlesbrough fans with confidence.
For, while he has enjoyed ample game time this season – first under Steve Bruce and later under current Villa manager Dean Smith – Adomah is yet to score his first goal of the season.
Still, with just under two months remaining between now and January, it is expected that the 30-year-old would get back to form.
Adomah was all but a Middlesbrough player on the last deadline day in September, with talks breaking down over if the deal was a permanent or loan switch.
Conscious of the fact that he is on the wrong side of 30, Boro were adamant to sign him on loan, with an option to buy later on. Aston Villa, however, wanted nothing less than a permanent deal for their playmaker.
Middlesbrough Short on Wingers
Ever since the departure of Adamah Traore for Wolves earlier this year, Boro have looked light on the flanks, with the Teesside yet to spend the £18 million they got from his sale.
It appears Tony Pulis considers his only natural wide player in the shape of Stewart Downing while the opposite flank is occupied by Martin Braithwaite - not his natural playing position as he plays as a number 10 or as a striker.
Therefore, despite the underwhelming recent form of Adomah and question marks over senior wingers in the Boro ranks, his transfer makes sense for the club, at least in the short term.