Brighton’s out-of-favour forward Aaron Connolly is on the verge of joining Middlesbrough on loan as Chris Wilder eyes attacking reinforcements for promotion push
- Brighton forward Aaron Connolly is closing in on a loan move to Championship
- Middlesbrough are keen on the 21-year-old to bolster Chris Wilder’s attack
- The former Sheffield United boss has made a big impact since taking charge
Brighton forward Aaron Connolly is closing in on a loan move to promotion-chasing Middlesbrough.
Boro boss Chris Wilder wants the 21-year-old Republic of Ireland international to bolster his attack as he looks to take the club from the Championship to the top flight.
Wilder has already lifted Boro to fifth place and they face Blackpool on Wednesday before taking on his former club Sheffield United on January 1.
Brighton forward Aaron Connolly (left) is closing in on a loan move to Middlesbrough
Boro boss Chris Wilder wants 21-year-old Republic of Ireland international to bolster his attack
Chairman Steve Gibson is ready to back him and Brighton striker Connolly is close to becoming their first January recruit.
Connolly scored twice in Brighton’s League Cup win over Swansea in September but has been limited to just six appearances this season.
He started in the Premier League home defeat by Wolves this month but came off after an hour and is eager for the chance to play more regularly under Wilder.
Wilder has already lifted Boro to fifth place after beating Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day
Talks are advancing and the clubs hope to have a deal in place for the weekend.
Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny has encouraged Connolly to make a loan move after seeing a similar deal fall through in August.
‘There’s no doubt he’s a very talented player,’ said Kenny.
‘I’m sure he’ll come good over time but it’s not easy for young players in the Premier League to get opportunities.’