Middlesbrough and Aston Villa look set for battle over a player once again with Bakary Sako on both their radars, TEAMtalk can reveal.
The 30-year-old winger left Crystal Palace earlier in the summer after failing to agree terms on a new contract.
He almost rejoined the Eagles again late last month, but that fell through and now he is a target for a number of Championship clubs.
Promotion favourites Boro are desperate to bolster their options out wide, and, after missing out on deals for Yannick Bolasie and Albert Adomah, a deal for Sako could very well fit the bill.
Villa, who beat Boro to Bolasie, are also showing an interest in Sako and could rival them with an offer.
Mali international Sako scored eight goals in 50 appearances for the Eagles, having joined as a free agent at the end of his contract at Wolves, where he weighed in with 38 goals in 124 matches.
We also understand Villa are ready to offer a deal to out-of-contract former Leicester City defender Robert Huth.
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