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The Aston Villa defender has been pinpointed as a replacement for Jozsef Varga, with the Championship side keen to take advantage of the player's fall-out with manager Paul Lambert

By William Joyce

Middlesbrough have made a move for Aston Villa defender Matthew Lowton, Goal can reveal.
The 25-year-old joined Villa from Sheffield United in 2012 when Paul Lambert took charge, and impressed as the clubs avoided relegation from the Premier League.
But a fall-out with Lambert last season has thrown the defender's future at Villa Park into doubt, and Middlesbrough are keen to capitalise following Jozsef Varga's return to Hungary.
The Championship side have failed with a bid for Real Betis' Juanfran and despite agreeing a deal for Real Mallorca's Emilio Nsue - who can play as a wing-back - a bid for Lowton is now being pushed ahead with.
A number of second-tier clubs have shown an interest in Lowton, but Boro are confident they will be able to land the player.