By Saikat Mandal

12th Jun, 2022 | 5:43pm

Middlesbrough battle West Brom in the race to sign Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury

West Brom have been joined by Middlesbrough in the race to sign Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury, according to Alan Nixon.

Writing via his Patreon account on Sunday (12 June), the Sun journalist reported that Boro boss Chris Wilder is “fighting” the Baggies to sign Choudhury, 24, on loan.

Boro are also said to be winning the race to sign Blackburn centre-back Darragh Lenihan, who Nixon reported on 1 May to be a target at The Hawthorns.

Race is on

West Brom made a quick start to their summer business by agreeing a deal to sign John Swift on a free transfer from Reading.

However, it’s been a bit quiet since then and Steve Bruce cannot wait much longer before bringing another new signing or two, otherwise he’ll be starting the pre-season with big holes in the squad.

Swift should solve the attacking issue within the midfield while Choudhury could solve the defensive one.

Jake Livermore and Alex Mowatt were massive let-downs in the 2021/22 season.

Neither offered much going forward and defensively, they offered a very basic level of protection to a defence that got worse and worse as the season went on.

Choudhury is a tough-tackling midfielder who’s been at Leicester for his whole senior career, playing 53 times in the Premier League and also featuring a fair bit in the Europa League.

He might be an upgrade on what the Baggies have already got so it’ll be good for them if they can sign Choudhury on a loan with the view to a permanent deal.

Unfortunately for Bruce, Middlesbrough could be seen as a more appealing choice right now as they have a good manager and arguably better promotion hopes for next term.

In other West Brom news, a staff member has quit the Albion to join Wolves.

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