Middlesbrough are edging closer to signing Marcel Tisserand, according to L’Equipe.

The French newspaper reports Middlesbrough are in negotiations with Tisserand, who could sign a four year contract with the Championship club.

Ingolstadt, Tisserand’s current side, have instructed the player to find a new club.

After an early stance which was publicly against a sale, the German side have asked Tisserand to remain away from training and get himself a new team, agitating for a transfer has clearly annoyed the club.

There’s no claim of what Middlesbrough could pay for Tisserand, and Saint Etienne and Watford are also credited with interest in the player.

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Earlier this month it was reported by the same French newspaper that Middlesbrough had made a €5.5m offer for the player, which would see Ingolstadt make their money back on the player, after signing him for the same amount last year.

Middlesbrough’s efforts to sign Tisserand have produced no updates in Germany, so it would be assumed these leaks are coming from the player’s side.