Middlesbrough transfer targets not expected for Hartlepool Utd friendly

Morecambe v Middlesborough'Boro manager Tony Mowbray.

Morecambe v Middlesborough'Boro manager Tony Mowbray.

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MIDDLESBROUGH remain in pursuit of their many transfer targets – but none are expected to feature against Hartlepool United tomorrow.

Boss Tony Mowbray has revealed that Boro remain active in the transfer market with the luring of his identified players now becoming a case of perseverance.

With the defence pinpointed as a key area of recruitment, Mogga was forced to play a young backline during the midweek 2-0 win at Morecambe.

Although in praise of those selected, the manager is aware of the urgency to strengthen the back four.

“Defensively, we have some very talented young players who all have bright futures,” he said.

“But if we want to be at the top end of this league and have an ambition to win it, we need experienced pros who can get the job done week in, week out.

“We’re trying to add in that defensive area if we can.

“We put out a very young defence (at Morecambe) but they concentrated well and got the job done.

“Rhys Williams was the only recognised senior defender playing for us but I thought Ben Gibson was terrific.

“We’ll keep him around this season, his qualities are there for all to see and he’s got a big future.”

In news that will appease the Boro fans, Mowbray insists that he is working around the clock to tie down deals.

“There’s lots going on behind the scenes,” he went on.

“Lots of conversations and telephone calls, and lots of potential deals. We’ve always had plenty of targets.

“Some come and go, and go somewhere else for whatever reason, but we’re ongoing with a few targets and know where we want to strengthen.”

Boro’s two summer signings to date, midfielders Dean Whitehead and Jozsef Varga, should be given another run out at Victoria Park.

There could also be opportunities for youngsters Andre Bennett, Adam Jackson, Gibson and the Hartlepool-born trio of Matty Dolan, Ryan Brobbel and Bryn Morris.