Middlesbrough boss stalls on Hadouir deal

SHOPPING: Tony Mowbray
SHOPPING: Tony Mowbray

MIDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Mowbray has conceded that he still needs to offload his own players before new faces can come in.

That means the Boro boss has reluctantly told the representatives of target Anouar Hadouir to listen to offers from other clubs.

The Dutch midfielder is out of contract at Roda JC but Mowbray admits that he’s unable to make a move until others leave the Riverside.

“There’s two agents involved and I’ve had a conversation with one of them and told them about our situation,” he explained.

“They are fully aware of how we need to sell a player, we need to create a hole in our squad and we can’t do anything about it.

“I’ve suggested to them that they look at other options. If they have other options then they should maybe be looking at them.

“If and when a space opens up in our squad and if he’s still available then we’ll look at it again.”

Mowbray was speaking from the club’s Slovenia training camp where they have been since last week.

They will play their final match of the continental stay this evening when they take on Turkish club Antalyaspor in Dravograd.

New signing Malaury Martin made his debut during Sunday night’s 3-2 win over NK Varazdin in Croatia, having penned a one-year deal at the weekend.

And the former France Under-21 international, who was released by Blackpool at the end of last season, has already set his sights on a swift return to the Premier League.

“It’s really nice to be a Middlesbrough player, it’s a good team,” he said.

“I like the chairman and the gaffer gave me a good feeling. I enjoyed training with the team, the facilities are excellent and Middlesbrough is a nice town. I am relaxed, I am happy, everything’s good.”

He added: “I am optimistic about this season, it’s an important one.

“I think Middlesbrough are a Premier League team, not a Championship team.

“I am an ambitious player and Middlesbrough are ambitious to win promotion. I’ve signed for one year but I would like to stay longer in England with Middlesbrough.

“It’s important that I play football because last season I was injured. My knee is OK now. My fitness is good.

“I want to play. It’s my ambition to do well with Middlesbrough and for the club to do well.

“In France, Middlesbrough have a good reputation, they are thought of as a Premier League club.

“I’m very, very excited because the stadium is beautiful, the fans are good and my first game in the stadium will be very important to me.”