Loaned to Wolverhampton last season, Alfred N’Diaye didn’t do enough to convince the Championship champions, and instead of being the subject of a bid from Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, he quietly returned to Villarreal.

The midfielder is now one of five players the La Liga side are trying to offload, and he could be returning to England, with both Cardiff and Middlesbrough said to be interested.

This is what Super Deporte are reporting on Friday, claiming both Boro and the Bluebirds ‘have him on their agenda’ for the coming week.

With the transfer window in England coming to a close on August 8th, time is very limited for Premier League and Championship sides if they want to bring in players on a permanent basis.

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The 28-year-old clearly did enough at Wolves to impress Neil Warnock and Tony Pulis, but it remains to be seen if this interest will turn into something concrete.

Cardiff are yet to explore the vast world of international transfers this window, deciding to recruit more locally, with all four of their summer signings (Josh Murphy, Bobby Reid, Alex Smithies and Greg Cunningham) coming from the Championship.

Over on Teesside, Pulis, in true Tony Pulis fashion, has yet to recruit beyond his defence, signing Paddy McNair, Aden Flint and Andy Lonergan so far.

Maybe a new midfielder wouldn’t go amiss?