If there’s currently one gap in Middlesbrough F.C.’s team, it’s the defensive midfield position, where Paddy McNair appears to be the only one really comfortable playing there.

Shoving Harold Moukoudi in the role didn’t really produce the results Neil Warnock wanted, which is why the Championship club being interested someone more familiar to it makes some sense.

The man in question is Abdoulaye Sissako, currently playing for Zulte Waregem in Belgium, where he arrived last summer from LB Châteauroux in Ligue 2.

The midfielder has enjoyed a decent season in the Jupiler Pro League, featuring regularly, and along the way caught the eye of a couple of teams with his performances.

Middlesbrough are among them, but they aren’t the only ones.

According to RMC Sport journalist Loïc Tanzi, AS Monaco in France are also keen on the 22-year-old’s profile, with a view of buying him and then sending him on loan to their satellite club, Cercle Brugge.

He adds Boro are also ‘in the mix’, seemingly keen to add him to their squad for next season in hope of enjoying a better season than they have this time around.

The Riverside club currently sit 18th in the Championship, just two points above the relegation zone with four games to go.