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Same Boro, different Adam: Leeds United reportedly interested in Middlesbrough’s Forshaw

Leeds strongly linked with a move for 26 year-old midfielder

Middlesbrough v Burton Albion - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Leeds United were linked with Adam Clayton over the weekend, but it now appears that Leeds are interested in a different Adam who plays in the midfield for Middlesbrough.

According to Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are interested in bringing in 26 year-old Adam Forshaw from Boro, instead of former White Adam Clayton. Forshaw is a central midfielder, and Leeds are in need of cover at that position. Eunan O’Kane is set to serve a three match ban for getting a daft red card against Ipswich Town last weekend, Kalvin Phillips sitting on nine yellow cards, one away from a ban, and Ronaldo Vieira, the best of the lot, currently recovering from injury, depth at central midfield will be tested in the upcoming weeks.

Leeds also has former FC Twente midfielder Mateusz Klich still in the squad, but he’s been looked over in favour of young Conor Shaughnessy, who has looked like a fish out of water in the midfield when pressed into service this season.

Forshaw has been with Middlesbrough since the 2014-15 season, and made 34 appearances for Boro in the Premier League last season. Before joining Boro, Forshaw played for Wigan Athletic and Brentford after coming up through the youth system at Everton.

This season, Forshaw has made only 11 appearances for Boro, as he was dropped by Garry Monk and hasn’t found his way back into the side for new Boro manager Tony Pulis. Leeds are reportedly competing with Cardiff City for his signature, but he’s reportedly keen on a move to Leeds instead of Cardiff, and really, who can blame him for feeling that way.

Forshaw would be a decent signing with plenty of experience, and with the rumoured price being only £2.5 million, he provides decent value for the price. Leeds are apparently confident of the deal being made, so this rumour could turn into reality very shortly.