Report: Middlesbrough interested in move for Aston Villa defender Matthew Lowton

The right-back looks set to be shipped out of Villa Park this summer as manager Tim Sherwood begins revamping his squad.

Middlesbrough are interested in a move for Aston Villa right-back Matthew Lowton, according to the Telegraph.

Lowton, 25, joined Villa from Sheffield United in the summer of 2012 for around £3 million and would go on to start all but two Premier League game during his first season at the club.

The Chesterfield-born defender fell out of favour with former manager Paul Lambert following his second campaign, however, as the resurgent Alan Hutton and versatile Leonadro Bacuna both passed him in the pecking order.

He still managed to feature 13 times this term but, aside from a commendable four-game stretch spent deputising at left-back in March, failed to make much of an impression under either Lambert or new boss Tim Sherwood.

With Sherwood now set to launch a wide scale rebuilding programme in his first transfer window in charge, several first-team including Lowton are now said to be heading for the exit door.

The former Blades product was in fact linked with a move to Boro last summer [h/t Daily Mail] before manager Aitor Karanka brought in both Emilio Nsue and Damia Abella but the Spaniard is now reported to be back in for his signature.

The Championship club went through a number of right-backs last season, including Nsue, Damia, loanees Ryan Fredericks, Tomas Kalas and Dwight Tiendalli, Rhys Williams and even Dean Whitehead, but injuries and poor form led to a revolving door at the position.

Just the unconvincing Nsue and injured pair Damia and Williams remain now and, while Karanka is expected to make an effort to bring back Kalas for next term, a more experienced option is still thought to be on the team’s transfer wish list.

With his Villa future looking bleak, Lowton could well be that option although, given that he also attracted interest from Swansea in the winter [h/t Daily Mail], there might be additional competition for his services.

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