By Will Butcher
Former Leeds winger Mustapha Carayol has been told he can leave Middlesbrough as manager Aitor Karanka overhauls his squad, according to a report.
The Gambian international spent the second half of last season on loan at Elland Road, scoring twice in 14 matches in all competitions.
The Yorkshire Post now claims that former Real Madrid assistant manager Karanka has told Carayol that he is free to leave The Riverside, as he is unlikely to make the 25-man Premier League squad.
The Premier League new-boys, who gained promotion after finishing second in the Championship last season, have made eight new signings which has forced fringe players like Carayol to the wayside.
The £4.25m signing of young Ajax winger Viktor Fischer has pushed the 27-year-old even further down the Boro pecking order, and is now set to leave in search of first team football.
Carayol, who joined Boro from Bristol Rovers four years ago in a £250,000 transfer, could be available in a cut-price deal as he has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal.
Leeds manager Garry Monk is keen to continue adding to his squad, after a lacklustre 3-0 loss to QPR on Sunday.
He was quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot as saying: “”I think it’s obvious that we need to strengthen. The club is working hard on that.”
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) August 9, 2016
The former Swansea boss is aiming to address a lack of width in his Leeds squad, and has added Sporting Lisbon flyer Hadi Sacko on-loan to his options but could be in the market for another wide-man as he has just Sacko, Jordan Botaka and Stuart Dallas to choose from.
In other Leeds transfer news, contract rebel Charlie Taylor has posted an image on Instagram of himself in a different kit to Leeds.