Everton winger Yannick Bolasie could still be set for a move away from the club despite the transfer window's closure, as Championship sides Aston Villa and Middlesbrough look to take advantage of the loan window.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Bolasie, who is out of favour with the Toffees having been out injured for over a year, has been deemed surplus to requirements by new boss Marco Silva and is set for the Goodison Park exit door.
It is believed that the former Crystal Palace forward travelled to Boro's training ground to hold talks with his old manager Tony Pulis over a move to the Riverside, although Steve Bruce is still hoping to convince the DR Congo international to move to Villa Park.
However, it is Boro that remain in pole position to sign the 29-year-old winger, with Pulis' side also hoping to lure Muhamed Besic from Everton in what could become a double swoop on two of the Toffees' fringe players.
Bolasie allegedly agreed to a season-long loan move to Middlesbrough during talks on Monday, with a few finer details still set to be ironed out, although Villa are still keen to talk to the player.
In Besic's case, the Bosnian, who spent last season on loan with Pulis' side, almost signed a permanent deal on deadline day although that failed to materialise.
Besic is still keen on a return to the Riverside, but it would be the capture of Bolasie that would be seen as a real coup, with the Congolese drawing interest from Burnley and Palace during the summer.