Exclusive: Middlesbrough plotting to sign Everton star Bolasie in January
Middlesbrough have reignited their failed summer pursuit of Everton winger Yannick Bolasie, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Championship club agreed the terms of a deadline-day loan move on 16 October with the Merseysiders in the summer window but the deal collapsed at the last minute as the paperwork was not processed in time.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Middlesbrough are planning a new move for Bolasie, 31, in the January window.
Neil Warnock is a big admirer of Bolasie after previously managing him when he was in charge of Crystal Palace.
The DR Congo international has been completely frozen out of Carlo Ancelotti’s side and has not had a single minute of senior action this season.
Everton are willing to let Bolasie go, four-and-a-half years after his arrival from Crystal Palace.
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He was among the first wave of new arrivals following Farhad Moshiri’s takeover, costing £25m rising to a potential £30m.
His value has subsequently plummeted following mixed loans at Sporting Lisbon, Anderlecht and Aston Villa over the last two years.
A knee injury wrecked his first two years at Goodison Park and he has subsequently failed to win over a series of managers including the incumbent Ancelotti.
Bolasie spent last season at Portuguese heavyweights Sporting Lisbon and scored two goals and provided five assists from 25 matches as he struggled to establish himself as a regular starter.
Bolasie has an underwhelming record in an Everton shirt, with 32 appearances yielding two goals and four assists.
His contract is due to expire in the summer of 2021.