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Out of favour Everton winger leaning towards Villa move ahead of Middlesbrough

  • Aug 22, 7:45

Drew Bartle Head Sports Editor

Everton’s 29-year old winger Yannick Bolasie is leaning towards to an August 31st deadline loan move to Championship club Aston Villa, despite being long-linked with a move to Middlesbrough (via Birmingham Mail).

The Frenchman missed the first half of last season returning late in December in the Premier League for the Toffees – playing a rotational role and scoring just once in 16 appearances.

Yannick Bolasie has extensive experience playing in the Championship, scoring five and assisting nine for Plymouth Argyle, Bristol City and Crystal Palace (before being promoted to the Premier League).

Bolasie reportedly held talks with Aston Villa on Tuesday, and could be unveiled as the latest recruit on Wednesday should no late move be submitted from a Middlesbrough or elsewhere.

The Frenchman stayed the night in Birmingham to mull over a decision, and could be at Villa Park on Wednesday night as Villa host Brentford in the Championship – a game that could see Steve Bruce’s side move joint-top of the table.

Current Everton boss Marco Silva has plenty of options available to him in the wide areas of his squad, and it’s thought that Bolasie has reluctantly decided to drop down a division to get his career back on track after a injury-ravaged couple of seasons.

In 2016 the Frenchman made the move to Goodison Park for a fee in the region of £25 million, but a cruciate knee ligament injury a few months into his career in Liverpool brought his playing career to a halt for around 12 months.