By Harvey Byrne
Middlesbrough winger Albert Adomah will decide whether to join Aston Villa over the weekend, according to a reliable journalist.
Ed Aarons, the Guardian’s deputy sports news editor, has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 28-year-old attacker will weigh up by Sunday night a move to the Championship.
It is said that the Ghana international has rejected a contract extension from Boro to pave the way for a possible exit.
The right-winger has entered the final year of his current deal and has slipped down the pecking order at the Premier League.
The London-born attacker started Middlesbrough’s season opener against Stoke, but was reduced to a 59th minute substitute appearance in their second match against Sunderland last week.
The Teeside club are preparing for a clash against West Brom on Sunday and it remains to be seen whether Adomah makes an appearance, although it is doubtful.
The pacy wideman moved to the Riverside Stadium from Bristol City in 2013 for £1million and has scored 28 goals in 143 matches for the club.
Adomah played a key role in getting Aitor Karanka’s side promoted last season, starring in 43 Championship fixtures with a return of six goals and six assists.
Di Matteo will be looking to strengthen his side further after a disappointing 3-1 defeat against Bristol City on Saturday which saw the versatile Leandro Bacuna occupy the right midfield role.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, West Ham will allow Enner Valencia to join Villa if they can sign Wilfried Bony from Man City.