Premier League new boys lining up approach for Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin

HITC Sport understands that Norwich City are preparing an offer, with Bournemouth also keen on the talented forward.

Premier League new boys Norwich City and Bournemouth are lining up a move for Middlesbrough forward Lee Tomlin, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

The 26-year-old was one of the stand-out players in the Championship last season, as he played a big role in Boro’s push for promotion – which came to an end when Norwich beat them in the play-off final at Wembley.

One of Tomlin’s most impressive displays came in the end of season win at Carrow Road, and Canaries boss Alex Neill was clearly impressed.

A number of sides have expressed an interest in Tomlin, but Norwich are now understood to be lining up a firm offer for the former Peterborough United ace. They may, however, face competition from Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, as they also ready themselves for life in the top-flight.

Middlesbrough want to keep their squad intact but - with the arrivals of Stewart Downing, Christian Stuani and Diego Fabbrini in recent weeks – they could be open to the prospect of letting Tomlin leave.

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