Middlesbrough and Bournemouth considering bids for right-back Matt Lowton

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium gates

The former Aston Villa defender has struggled to make an impact since joining Burnley.

Bournemouth and Middlesbrough are both considering whether to make a bid for Burnley defender Matt Lowton, the Daily Mirror report.

The 26-year-old moved to Turf Moor from Aston Villa for £1m in the summer (as reported by the Mirror) as Sean Dyche tried to get the Clarets back in the Premier League at the first attempt.

However, an injury in pre-season has seen the former Sheffield United trainee fall down the pecking order with the Lancashire outfit, which has meant that he has made just one substitute appearance in the Championship since his move from Villa Park.

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side have been decimated by injuries this season, so, having now fallen into the Premier League's bottom three, it would not be a surprise if they are busy in the January transfer window in an attempt to bolster their squad and strengthen their chances of staying up. 

However, if Lowton decides he does want to leave Burnley, and deems that the Cherries are destined for the drop, he may believe that a move to the Riverside Stadium is more sensible in the long-run.

Aitor Karanka's men currently occupy one of the two automatic promotion spots in the Championship, so could well be swapping places with Bournemouth in the top flight at the end of the season.

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