Middlesbrough’s Premier League ambition can attract players

Middlesbrough Manager Tony Mowbray
Middlesbrough Manager Tony Mowbray

MIDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Mowbray believes his side’s position in the Championship will strengthen his hand in the January transfer market.

The boss – whose side are third entering tomorrow’s home clash with Peterborough United – says the nature of negotiations during the mid-season window means it’s vital to hit the ground running at the beginning of the month.

“I think things are moving on and we’ve made some inquiries,” he said.

“We’ve asked questions but it’s a waiting game and a game of cards in January.

“No-one ever shows their hand at the first question, so the sooner you start, the better chance you have of getting to a deal.”

And Mowbray believes the four wins on the bounce which have fortified Boro’s promotion credentials makes the Riverside an attractive proposition for potential targets.

“Hopefully we’re in a position where if we have got targets that we can find the right finance for, they’ll see us as a team with the ambition to push on,” he said.

“I think the chairman has looked at our position and thinks it’s probably the right time to add really and help the existing players achieve our goal, which is to get out of this league.

“He’s seen where we are and I think he’s saying that if we need help then hopefully he’ll find funds, although that doesn’t mean the money this club has had in the past.”

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