Middlesbrough have had a great start to the new Championship season having won four of their first six games.
The club find themselves in second place behind Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds on goal difference with 14 points on the board, and manager Tony Pulis could look to build on his side’s early momentum with the signing of a free agent.
According to TEAMtalk, Middlesbrough are locked in a battle with Aston Villa for Bakary Sako, who is available on a free transfer following his release from Crystal Palace in July.
Middlesbrough’s tussle with Aston Villa would not be the first between the two this summer with both clubs having also chased Yannick Bolasie with the latter coming out on top (via Sky Sports).
Middlesbrough, however, must not lose out to Aston Villa again in the club’s attempt to lure £4.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Sako to the Riverside.
With Adama Traore leaving the club for Wolves towards the end of the transfer window, Pulis could definitely do with the addition of another attacking player, and Sako could be the perfect man to come in.
The 30-year-old may not be able to beat players 1v1 in the manner that Traore can, but he is still a powerful forward who would still cause opposition defenders problems on either flank.
In his last stint in the Championship with Traore’s new club Wolves, Sako was able to score 15 goals in 41 appearances and if he can replicate those figures at the Riverside, then promotion will certainly be on cards for Pulis’ men.