Newly appointed Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk is hoping to make Lorient full-back Steven Moreira his third summer signing since arriving at the Riverside, after the captures of Jonny Howson and Cyrus Christie from Norwich and Derby respectively.
According to The Sun, Middlesbrough could land the former France U21 regular for around £3m, and have been encouraged in their pursuit of the 22 year-old due to Lorient's relegation to Ligue 2 despite their own relegation to the Championship.
Moreira, who played in France's U21 Euro qualifiers in 2015, is highly regarded in his hometown, and would provide fierce competition to Fabio and Christie for the right-back role if the move were to materialise.
Monk will be hoping to add some depth to his new side as they face a grueling season in England's second tier, and Moreira, who started his career as a youth player at AS Champs-sur-Marne, will certainly give the former Leeds boss more options as Boro face a 46 game season.
Middlesbrough fans will still be licking their wounds after a disappointing 2016/17 season, although the reported capture of Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga for around £14m will go some way to easing their pain.
Monk is also hoping to add Liverpool youngster and England U20 World Cup winner Sheyi Ojo to his ranks, albeit only on loan as the Merseyside club look to retain the promising winger for the future.