EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United have joined the push with Championship rivals Cardiff City to sign Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw, Football Insider sources understand.
Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen is looking to add to his side during this month’s transfer window to boost his team’s promotion bid and he sees Forshaw as someone who can add drive from midfield.
Forshaw’s future at Middlesbrough is uncertain with the former Everton youngster yet to feature under new Boro boss Tony Pulis.
The 26-year-old was again missing from the Boro squad for last weekend’s home defeat to Fulham and a number of clubs are actively monitoring his situation at the Riverside.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has already expressed an interest in Forshaw as he looks to bring in a new central midfielder this month, but now Leeds have joined the chase for his signature and have taken their first steps to get him.
Leeds have failed to win in their last three Championship games and Christiansen feels he need to bring in some fresh impetus to get them back to winning ways.
He has requested a central midfielder who can be a driving force from midfield.
Forshaw has previous experience of winning promotion from the Championship with Middlesbrough and he would be a valuable addition to Christiansen’s plans at Elland Road.
It remains to be seen if Middlesbrough are willing to let Forshaw leave especially directly to one of their potential promotion rivals.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have been engaged on transfer missions at top-flight giants Arsenal and Manchester United.