Middlesbrough are keen to sign Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on loan – and Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp looks set to agree to let the 20-year-old enjoy a stint of regular Championship football.
Newcastle, back in the Premier League, are also interested, but Boro look to be ahead in the queue, with Liverpool believing the England Under-20 starlet would be better off in the second tier, building up confidence, this season.
He has previously had loans at Wigan and Wolves.
If he signs, Ojo would be a third capture for Boro boss Garry Monk, following Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson and Derby right-back Cyrus Christie.
Boro play their first pre-season friendly tonight, tackling League One club Oxford United in the Algarve (6.30pm).
Teenage left-back Hayden Coulson has had his stint in Portugal cut short by a knee injury.
Meanwhile, Boro defender James Husband jas joined Norwich for an undisclosed fee after managing just eight appearances in three seasons on Teesside.