Middlesbrough approach Villarreal for Riquelme

The Northern Echo says the Teessiders are understood to have made an initial inquiry to Villarreal regarding Riquelme's possible availability.

The Spanish club have told Boro that the 29-year-old midfielder, who still has two years of his current contract to run, is available for £10 million and chief executive Keith Lamb is paving the way for a formal offer.

Tottenham are also interested in the Argie, which was confirmed by his agent last week.

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