Aston Villa have been credited with an interest in James Tavernier of Rangers since winning promotion – and now they’ve been linked with his brother.
Marcus Tavernier, of Championship side Middlesbrough, is said to have attracted interest from Villa , Watford and clubs in Germany after a frustrating year on Teesside.
By his own admission, the winger didn’t play as much as he’d have liked under Tony Pulis last season as Boro fell out of the play-off places in the final weeks of the campaign.
The 20-year-old did feature in 27 matches last year, and scored four goals.
Along with fellow academy product Dael Fry, Tavernier is being considered by top flight clubs after Boro’s failure to get out of the Championship at the second time of asking.
Villa, who have released Albert Adomah and are yet to make a decision on the future of loanee Anwar El Ghazi, will almost certainly be in the market for a new wide options as they prepare for their return to the Premier League.
The idea of pairing the Tavernier brothers down one side of the pitch is an intriguing one; Steven Gerrard has recently admitted that there have been enquiries over the availability of Gers right-back and captain James, and that ‘every player has his price’.
It’s unlikely, though, that Boro will sanction any outgoing deals until they recruit a new permanent boss – after the departure of Tony Pulis at the end of the season, their hunt for a new leader continues.
Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel, Slavisa Jokanovic and Jonathan Woodgate have all been mentioned as possible successors