Middlesbrough remain hopeful they could bring Adama Traore back to the club on deadline day, with Wolves looking to bring in Iranian superstar Sardar Azmoun as his replacement.
Wolves are in talks with Rubin Kazan to land Azmoun for around £12million and his arrival could see Traore being made available, and if that was the case Boro are ready to snap him up.
But the Riverside outfit are also working hard on other options – but one of those looks unlikely to be Yannick Bolasie.
Tony Pulis ruled out a move for the Everton forward last week after he exercised an option to leave Aston Villa.
We can reveal that Boro have been in contact with Bolaise, but he does not want to return to the Championship and has rebuffed the advances from Pulis.
Middlesbrough have now turned to Hull City’s Kamel Grosicki, who could very well arrive on deadline day – although it may need Ashley Fletcher to go the other way.
Boro, however, are not sure if they can allow him to leave, especially with Rudy Gestede and Britt Assombalonga both the subject of interest from elsewhere.
By Graeme Bailey