Middlesbrough and West Brom are both looking at Queens Park Rangers attacking midfielder Luke Freeman, we can reveal.
Boro boss Tony Pulis want to add more creativity to his midfield, and moves for top targets Matt Phillips and Albert Adomah have stalled.
Now 26-year-old Freeman has emerged as another option for Pulis, and Boro are ready to make a bid this week and believe they can strike a deal – although there is interest from Championship rivals West Brom.
Darren Moore is also a fan of the former Bristol City man, and is set to rival his former boss.
QPR have been hit with a transfer embargo this week, but that does not stop them from selling players, only buying.
Boro are also looking at Brentford’s Sergi Canos – but the Bees are fighting hard not to lose another star turn.
The 21-year-old, former Liverpool man, has been hugely impressive for Brentford since joining in 2017.
Pulis is also thought to be ready to rival Derby County for Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn once the sale of Patrick Bamford to Leeds is confirmed.