Middlesbrough have reportedly been chasing a deal for Everton’s Yannick Bolasie in recent days, but a report from the BBC published on Thursday suggests that the winger will join Aston Villa this summer.
Indeed, the 29-year-old looks set to take a step down to the Championship to resurrect his career which has been in free-fall since he suffered a cruciate ligament injury shortly after he arrived at Goodison Park.
Despite his injury woes there is no doubting that Bolasie still has plenty to offer with his direct style of dribbling and pace down the wing, so Middlesbrough will understandably be disappointed to miss out on securing his signature.
However, a recent report from the London Evening Standard suggests that an ideal alternative is available for a season-long loan deal, namely Jason Puncheon.
According to the report, Roy Hodgson hast told Crystal Palace’s attacking midfielder that he is free to leave after spending the majority of 2018 sidelined through injury.
A switch to the Riverside Stadium would give Puncheon the opportunity to get some first-team football under his belt once again and offer Tony Pulis a versatile option who could slot in on both wings or in a central position behind the striker.
With 193 appearances in the Premier League to his name, the 32-year-old is something of a top-flight veteran, and his experience in this regard would make him a valuable addition to the dressing room at any promotion-chasing club.
Boro may be disappointed by their failure to sign Bolasie, but they would quickly put that disappointment behind them by bringing in a player of Puncheon’s calibre.
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