On-loan Middlesbrough defender Harold Moukoudi could join the club on a permanent deal in the summer with parent club St Etienne open to his sale, according to reports.
Moukoudi was held in high regard in France but made just 11 appearances for the Ligue 1 club before his move to north east in January.
Since arriving at Boro, Moukoudi has made just two appearances but has already impressed with his ability.
The Cameroon international has been particularly impressive with his composure and skill on the ball, whilst also adding some height to a Boro side that has struggled this season. He did however, score an unfortunate own goal at Wigan on Tuesday night.
According to Le10 Sport, St Etienne are hoping that Moukoudi impresses during his time with Jonathan Woodgate’s side, who it is hoped will go through with a summer move for the 22-year-old.
Middlesbrough do not have an option to buy in the centre-back’s loan contract, but St Etienne would sell for the right price.
The French side value Moukoudi at around £4 million and is expected that this is the figure Boro could be forced to pay to secure his services permanently.
Moukoudi’s loan move formed part of a busy January transfer window as Patrick Roberts, Lukas Nmecha, Dejan Stojanovic and Ravel Morrison all joined Woodgate’s ranks.
They face fellow relegation candidates Luton Town on Saturday in a game which they will be hoping to take all three points to calm their relegation worries.