No new striker for Middlesbrough’s trip to Peterborough

Middlesbrough's Scott McDonald
Middlesbrough's Scott McDonald

MIDDLESBROUGH did not bring in long-time transfer target Lukas Jutkiewicz before the loan window closed.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray had been tracking the former Everton trainee since the summer and there was some speculation he was set to make a renewed move for the Coventry City striker.

Championship leaders Southampton have also been strongly linked with Jutkiewicz over the past 48 hours but it is thought he will be remaining at the Ricoh Arena for the time being.

Mowbray takes Boro to Peterborough United tomorrow with Scott McDonald and Marvin Emnes again set to lead the line.

The Riverside chief has long since spoken of his desire to bring in additional personnel in the forward department, but at present just Alex Nimely, on loan from Manchester City, and Bart Ogbeche, a short-term signing, have arrived.

Mowbray, though, wants to bring in an experienced striker who will push his first-choice pairing for a place in the starting XI, rather than just acting as cover.

Boro were close to signing Jutkiewicz in August but the deal fell through at the last minute and there was no fresh approach before last night’s deadline.

“I think there was enough said in the last window,” he said.

“The deal didn’t happen for the boy and he is working hard to try to help his team win football matches at the moment.

“He has scored a few goals but I think it is best leaving it at that.

“We aren’t really in a situation to go out and spend millions and millions of pounds, but yet for any player really if we thought it was the right deal I’m sure the chairman would be supportive.

“But we have always been mindful that we have to watch where we spend money and if we spend any in the next window it needs to be balanced off going out.”

Boro, meanwhile, could move third with victory at London Road tomorrow as they bid to extend a three-game unbeaten run.

Mowbray’s men have the second best away record in the npower Championship, having won five and drawn one of their eight fixtures outside Teesside.