Middlesbrough FC news and transfer rumours: Reported target makes intentions clear, uncertainty at Barnsley plus youngsters beat Sunderland

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Middlesbrough are still looking to sign a couple more players before next month’s transfer deadline but may have to reassess some of their targets due to fans not being allowed to attend matches.

After Saturday’s 1-1 draw, both Boro assistant Kevin Blackwell and QPR boss Mark Warburton highlighted the financial losses clubs are set to face due to supporters not being allowed to attend games.

Here are some of the latest transfer and news stories concerning the Teessiders

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Rangers man reacts to transfer reports

Jordan Jones scored in Rangers' 5-1 win over Motherwell.Jordan Jones scored in Rangers' 5-1 win over Motherwell.
Jordan Jones scored in Rangers' 5-1 win over Motherwell.

Former playmaker Jordan Jones has repeatedly been linked with a return to Boro over the last few months but now appears to be back in favour at Rangers.

Last month Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough said Jones was surplus to requirements at the Scottish club, while Boro, QPR and Preston were linked with the 25-year-old.

Yet Jones made his first league start of the season for Rangers on Sunday and scored in a 5-1 win over Motherwell.

After the match, Jones was asked about the recent transfer speculation.

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“Like a lot of our players, there are a lot of links with clubs, there is a lot of stuff written about us and you have to try and let it go over your head,” he said.

“I know sometimes it is difficult when you are not involved and it is hard to ignore all the noise. I don’t think you can get too carried away. You see the likes of Alfredo (Morelos), he gets linked with a different club every day.

“But you just have to get on with your job. Rangers is the club we play for, Rangers is 100 per cent the club that I want to play for. I got my chance today and on Thursday night against Willem II and I feel like I have done myself justice.”

Uncertainty at Barnsley

Next up for Boro is a meeting with Barnsley at the Riverside, yet the Tykes are facing some uncertainty ahead of the match.

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According to Sky Austria, an agreement has been reached for Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber to join New York Red Bulls on a three-year contract.

The Tykes picked up their first point of the season on Saturday after a goalless draw with Coventry, yet Struber wouldn’t be drawn on reports after the match.

"At the moment I am here as coach and we will see what the future brings," Struber said.

"Right now, my focus and concentration is on my boys.

"I am here. I am the head coach here and I have the responsibility. Many people around me and in the media write about interest from other clubs. At the moment, this is not a new one. I have the focus here and this is my job."

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Youngster nets a hat-trick against Sunderland

Finally, Boro’s under-18s side recorded a resounding 4-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, with striker Josh Coburn netting a hat-trick.

Pharrell Willis scored the other goal at Rockliffe for Mark Tinkler's side, who have now won two of their opening three games this season.

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