A PLAYER of interest to Middlesbrough and Sunderland is on the verge of sealing a move away from Portsmouth.

Pompey winger Jamal Lowe is closing in on a move to the Championship – and it is not to the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough have been linked on numerous occasions with the 24-year-old but Jonathan Woodgate’s team is not believed to have made on offer for him.

And if they are to follow up tentative interest in him then they are going to have make a quick approach because Wigan Athletic are on the verge of doing business for him.

Millwall and the Latics are the two clubs known to have made official offers and it is understood Lowe should complete a move to the DW Stadium by the end of the week.

Leeds United and West Brom have also been credited with an interest in Lowe following an impressive season that heralded 17 goals for Portsmouth.

Sunderland had come face to face with him in League One and are likely to be happy to see him step up a level given the quality he adds to Kenny Jackett’s side. Portsmouth are looking for £3m for the wide-man.

Middlesbrough are yet to sign a new player since Woodgate’s appointment.

There is interest being shown in a number of his players and Cardiff City have now joined the list of queues interested in Britt Assombalonga.

Sheffield United, Bristol City, Fulham and Celtic are among those keen on Assombalonga, who moved to Teesside for £15m two years ago.