Brentford’s Jota Middlesbrough’s final piece of transfer jigsaw

Garry Monk
Garry Monk

Garry Monk still has a “couple of bits of work” to do ahead of the closure of the August transfer window.

Middlesbrough have been busy in the market with Monk describing their business as “successful.”

There are a couple of positions where we’d like to try to strengthen the squad

GARRY MONK

But the manager hopes to get more deals over the line before deadline day next Thursday.

“We’ve done the bulk of our work, we’ve been very good with it,” said Monk.

“I think we’ve had a successful window.

“We’ve had more outgoings than we’ve had incomings.

“We’ve done that smartly and brought a lot of money in and moved a lot of players out, as well as recruiting new players.

“We’ve got a couple of bits of work we’d like to do, but that’s with the club and there is a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes.”

Boro have this week been linked with Brentford playmaker Jota, who caught the eye last season in the Championship.

The 26-year-old netted 12 goals and provided five assists for the Bees last term, with Boro reportedly making two bids for the Spaniard.

Monk was giving little away at his media conference, saying: “We’ve been linked with a thousand names in pre-season, that’s quite normal.

“There are a couple of positions where we’d like to try to strengthen the squad.

“But it’s in the club’s hands and things are being worked on as we speak.”

The first priority for Monk is three points tomorrow against Preston North End in the ninth v seventh contest at the Riverside (kick-off 3pm).

It is early days in the Championship, with two away defeats sandwiching two home victories and Monk would love to see Boro go into the international break within touching distance of the top six.

“We need to try to keep it going at home,” he said. “The Riverside has been good for us. But we said even before the first game that we must look to make this place a fortress.

“If you want to be successful, your home form has to be up there but, of course, we’ve had a couple of away games we want to improve on.”

Preston have begun the season nicely under Alex Neil, the new boss losing just once since taking over from Simon Grayson.

“They’ve made a really good start,” he said.

“Alex is someone I know very well, he’s a very good manager.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game, like they all are. it will be very competitive, so we have to be ready.

“We had a good result on Tuesday which was a good response to the disappointment of losing at Nottingham Forest

“We want to take the positives from that into this weekend.

“With an international break coming up we want a nice performance and a positive result

“That’s what we are focused on.”