Middlesbrough’s Tony Mowbray hopes to use any Leroy Lita windfall to fund new buys

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TONY Mowbray hopes to use any cash windfall from the proposed sale of Leroy Lita to strengthen his npower Championship challenge.

The Middlesbrough boss was well aware that the club’s wage bill needed to be trimmed before he could bring in fresh talent.

So far the departures of Julio Arca, Kris Boyd, Didier Digard and Andrew Taylor, which have eased the cash burden, while the expected £1.75 million transfer of LIta to Premier League new boys Swansea could give Mowbray vital funds.

“We are just about there with our re-adjustments,” said Mowbray, who hopes to see Boro find some pre-season form against PSV Eindhoven at the Riverside tomorrow night. Hopefully the business we do from here on in we will re-invest and build a team that can be successful.

“That said I’m not writing off the side we’ve got at the moment.

“I don’t think we’ve had our best 11 players out on the pitch together at the same time.

“But on Friday night [against PSV Eindhoven] we’ll try to get pretty close to that, even for part of the game.”

Read Tony Mowbray’s comments in full in today’s Mail.