MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray admits he is feeling the strain of the transfer market.
Boro hostAccrington Stanley in the first round of the Capital One Cup this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).
It is unlikely, however, that they will have any new faces in time for tonight’s game.
There has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks with rumours of attacking additions such as Eduardo Vargas, Vitor and Albert Adomah being close to joining Mowbray’s squad.
And, when asked about the possibility of signing Bristol City’s Adomah, Mowbray admits he is in the dark over the deal, reported to be in the region of £1m.
“I honestly don’t know where we are at the moment to be honest,” said Mowbray.
“I’m not the guy having the discussions.
“I did speak to their manager, Sean (O’Driscoll), once or twice about things, but generally transfers or discussions on players move to a different level once managers have spoken.
“I don’t know where it’s at, at the moment.
“But what I do know is that we are in need of some reinforcements.
“It’s been going on a while and we’re all a bit frustrated.”
All the signs suggest that a possible deal could be done between the two clubs as Adomah was left out of the City squad for their season opener against Bradford City.
However, with added interest from Wigan Athletic to consider, it is still unknown where the Ghanaian international will end up.
The Teessiders are continuing to monitor the situation of other attacking targets but the chances of anyone being brought in before the tie with Accrington are slim, according to the Boro boss.
“We’ve had lots of conversations and we would have hoped to have had some more players in by now,” said Mowbray.
“It hasn’t been the case, but it’s not for the lack of trying. There are offers on the table for players.
“Within the group, it’s difficult when you turn around and you don’t see an out-and-out centre-forward tearing his shirt off ready to go on and make a difference, and prove to you that he should have started the game.
“That’s football, and we’re working hard to improve the numbers and the squad.
“Hopefully, we’ll do that before the end of this window.”
It’s not all doom and gloom for Mowbray with the signing of former Leeds United centre back, Frazer Richardson, on a one-year deal with the option of an extension next summer.
Mowbray went on: “He’s a guy who’s won promotion out of this league in the past and I just thought he could add to the group and bring a bit of experience to it.
“He can cover anywhere across the back four and hopefully he will force his way in.”