According to widely-respected football expert Mohamed Bouhafsi, Championship outfit Middlesbrough have turned down an offer of 10 million Euro from Lille for Adama Traore.
Traore, a former Spanish youth international who came up through the youth ranks at Barcelona, has been plying his trade in England since 2015, when he signed for Aston Villa.
However, the 21-year-old lasted just one year at Villa Park before moving on to Middlesbrough, where he endured an up-and-down campaign last season.
Despite making 32 appearances in all competitions, Traore failed to score a single goal and registered just a solitary assist.
His blistering pace and bags of potential have nonetheless seen a number of clubs express an interest in the La Masia youth product this summer, with West Ham and even Chelsea having been touted as potential suitors over recent weeks.
However, as per the aforementioned report from Mohamed Bouhafsi this evening, it is Ligue 1 side Lille who now look to be leading the race for Traore.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have seen an offer of 10 million Euro rebuffed by Middlesbrough, with the Riverside club valuing their talented winger at closer to 15 million Euro.
A second bid is expected to be forthcoming from Lille, though, with widespread positivity that a deal will indeed be completed before the close of the transfer window.