Still, there's plenty of time for Boro to make up the seven point gap currently separating them from a top-six finish, with seven games left to bridge the distance.
Speaking after the Bournemouth loss, Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock discussed his plans for summer recruitment, and claimed: "Most of the players know who is going to be part of my plans.
“There might be the odd one or two who have got something to show me, but in my heart of hearts I know more or less what I want. Getting them is a different thing.“Steve (Gibson) is desperate for us to do well, he knows I have to bite my tongue and be frustrated this season.”He continued: “I'm a little bit impatient. When you're 72 you want it to happen yesterday. I can see that I might finish on a high.“I think it's an exciting time, especially if we get them rabble rousers back in the stadium. I think it's a fabulous time to be Middlesbrough manager. I'm quite excited.”Boro are back in action this afternoon, when they travel to take on high-flying Watford in the lunchtime kick-off.Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Middlesbrough and the rest of the Championship, as the build-up to the Easter Monday action continues:
1. Magpies join Joseph race
Newcastle United are the latest side be linked with a move for Wigan Athletic starlet Kyle Joseph. The 19-year-old is set to be in high demand this summer, with Barnsley, Sheffield United and Spurs also interested. (Daily Mail)
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2. Agents circle Styles
A host of agents are said to be battling to get Barnley ace Callum Styles on their books, as his current agency contract approaches its expiry. He's been tipped for a summer move following a fine season with the Tykes. (Football League World)
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3. Frank thinks Bees could still go up automatically
Brentford manager Thomas Frank has claimed his side could still go up automatically this season. His side are nine points behind Watford, but do have a game in hand over the Hornets, who play again tomorrow evening. (Eastern Daily Press)
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4. Hammers urged to sign Souttar
Pundit Kevin Phillips has urged West Ham to sign Stoke City's Harry Souttar. Phillips has previously coached the defender, and claimed he has the "right mentality" to make the step up to Premier League level football. (Football Insider)
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