After reports of bids from Watford and Everton for Ingolstadt’s Marcel Tisserand, it appears Middlesbrough have stepped forward with an offer of their own, according to L’Equipe on Tuesday.

The Championship side haven’t held back this transfer window, as they try and return to the Premier League as quickly as possible, and a new centre-back still appears to be on Garry Monk’s list.

Unfortunately for all the clubs interested in the 24-year-old, Ingolstadt have been blocking an exit despite the player making it very clear he wants to leave the 2.Bundesliga side this summer.

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L”Equipe explain that Middlesbrough, Watford and Saint-Etienne have all made bids of €5.5m, which is what the German side are said to have paid for Tisserand last year.

In mid July, claims from France credited Everton with making an offer for Tisserand. The offer from Everton was said to stand at €3m, less than the other bids, and it’s apparent Ronald Koeman’s side are pushing strongly for this.

Not taking part in the first two weeks of the new season, the DR Congo international has been training away from the first-team, pushed to one side, and assigned his own fitness coach for now.

Unable to help Ingolstadt avoid relegation from Bundesliga last season, Tisserand made 28 league appearances, assisting teammates twice.