Boro will have no new players at Wigan Athletic

Leeds United's Ross McCormack
Leeds United's Ross McCormack

MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray is desperately trying to add more quantity and quality to his squad.

But the Boro boss looks set to head to Wigan Athletic tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) armed with the same squad which left it very late in the day to draw 1-1 with Blackpool last week for their first Riverside point.

Boro are reported to have agreed terms with Norwich City for out-of-favour defender Daniel Ayala.

It is understood he will join on loan with a view to a permanent deal but Boro must first agree personal terms with the former Liverpool player.

Boro have been strongly linked with Leeds United’s £2million-rated striker Ross McCormack, while former Elland Road favourite Lucciano Becchio, currently down the pecking order at Norwich, has also been spoken about as a Boro target.

“Everybody knows we are trying to bring in some quality to the squad,” Mogga said. “Yet it is not always smooth.

“Sometimes deals fall into your lap but most don’t. It takes a lot of groundwork.

“Negotiations are not just one man to one man. There are so many different people involved in a potential transfer.”

Boro must decide whether to promote last week’s supersub Marvin Emnes to the starting XI after his injury-time equaliser against Blackpool.

Keeper Jayson Leutwiler looks set to start again between the sticks with Jason Steele still not fully fit.

The England U21 international has not played since he was forced off with an ankle injury in the 1-0 victory at Charlton two weeks ago.

That win at the Valley and Saturday’s late escape against the Seasiders meant Boro made it two games unbeaten – the first time they have ‘achieved’ that in 2013.

Mowbray will go to the DW Stadium looking to avoid defeat and try to build up some momentum.