Middlesbrough boss calm despite lack of transfer activity

Aitor Karanka
Aitor Karanka

MIDDLESBROUGH fans have been told to calm their apprehensions by boss Aitor Karanka despite the dearth of transfer activity.

Aside from the acquisition of goalkeeper Tomas Mejias from Real Madrid, Boro have not signed anyone in the close season.

Karanka and the club, however, have been pursuing identified targets since last season came to a close and the Spaniard is hopeful that he can introduce some additions to the Rockliffe Park training pitches soon.

Karanka will not make a rash, ill-thought signing to appease the impatient mumblings, instead waiting until his perseverance bears fruit.

“I would like to have the players now but the cub is working in the way that it is working and I am working that way too,” he informed BBC Tees.

“We can make mistakes (by signing a player now) but I prefer to wait one or two more weeks to get the right players into the club.

“I’m not just going to sign a player straight away.

“I feel we are working in the right way to sign players.”

It comes as no surprise to learn that right-back and a striker are the two positions that Karanka is most eager to fulfil.

“We don’t have a right back and we have strikers but we need to improve there.

“They are two positions we have to strengthen,” Karanka said as news of Danny Graham’s availability at £1million was revealed.

Lukas Jutkiewicz, who spent the latter part of the last season on loan at Bolton, has returned to pre-season training on Teesside and could yet still have a Boro future.

Derby have reportedly ended their interest in the 25-year-old and while Karanka didn’t give any direct hints away that he is looking to offload the former Coventry hitman, it is thought that both parties would encourage offers.

Karanka commented: “I don’t know what will happen with Lukas.

“I am happy with Juke because he left in January and he has come back here no different.

“He is a good player, more confident, scoring goals in training and he looks happy and that’s important for a striker

“He’s my player and in the future we will think of the best (decision) for him, for me and for the club.”