Report: Middlesbrough considering bid for Norwich's Youssouf Mulumbu

Norwich's Youssuf Mulumbu in action with Chelsea's Pedro

The Norwich City midfielder could be set to join Aitor Karanka's squad as they return to the top flight.

Norwich's Youssuf Mulumbu in action with Chelsea's PedroNorwich's Youssuf Mulumbu in action with Chelsea's Pedro

Middlesbrough are continuing their recruitment drive ahead of their return to the Premier League by looking into the signing of Norwich City midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, according to the Gazette.

Mulumbu only made the switch to Carrow Road last summer, as the Canaries turned to him as part of their own preparations for top flight football. But having arrived from West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer, his first few months at the club were severely disrupted by a broken foot. Mulumbu didn't make his debut until the end of October, and subsequently struggled to win a place in the starting eleven, instead featuring from the bench and making just nine appearances.

Grant Leadbitter of Middlesbrough (L) in action with Marlon Pack of Bristol CityGrant Leadbitter of Middlesbrough (L) in action with Marlon Pack of Bristol City

However, now fit, he would be a smart backup for Middlesbrough's central midfield options Adam Clayton, Grant Leadbitter and new signing Marten de Roon.

The 29-year-old has been closely linked with a move back to France recently, Ligue 1 giants Marseille looking him to bolster their midfield says L'Equipe.

WBA's Youssouf Mulumbu (R) in action with Sunderlands Charis MavriasYoussouf Mulumbu (R) in action with Sunderlands Charis Mavrias

The Democratic of Congo international moved to English football in 2009 after coming through the Paris Saint-Germain academy, but he only made a handful of appearances for the current French champions.

But with Middlesbrough's interest it looks like there is a chance that the powerful midfield man could yet be in with a chance of staying in the Premier League.

As of now, Norwich manager Alex Neil has said that the Canaries are yet to receive an offer for the player, according to the Eastern Daily Press, though he did admit if an offer did come in it would be considered.

Norwich manager Alex NeilNorwich manager Alex Neil

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