Middlesbrough transfer success may come late in the day

ATTRACTING INTEREST: Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter
ATTRACTING INTEREST: Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter

PROGRESS with regards to incomings for Middlesbrough may have stalled but there still could be an influx of acquisitions come Monday night.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray said on the eve of the home game against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow (kick off 3pm) that the past week has seen the club positioned in a state of limbo as they wait to hear back from clubs and players alike.

Mowbray has made no secret of his desire to bolster his team for the planned promotion push with a striker and a defender taking precedence.

“Has there been any progress? No. Have there been lots of conversations? Yes. Has there been lots of waiting around for answers? Yes,” Mowbray asked and replied.

“Let’s hope that at 11 o’clock on Monday night we are rushing around trying to get faxes off to clubs to get things done.

“You might agree a deal with a club but not with the player – there are lots of different factions that work in any transfers and all the bits have to fall in place.

“The targets we’ve got, the clubs we’re speaking to, they’re aware of the information and aware of where we are. Let’s wait and see.”

It is not just additions to the squad that could be made before the transfer window ends, although Mogga attempted to play down talk of outgoings, including that of Grand Leadbitter.

“I don’t think our supporters should be concerned of any of our best players leaving,” he reassured.

“The chairman is very supportive to the point that we’re trying to build a team and trying to get out of this league.

“Why would you sell your best players to potential rivals?

“We’re trying to build a team, not dismantle one or chase money.”

There is one thing the Boro boss is certain on, though – his opinion on the window: “It’s time, from my point of view, to maybe scrap transfer windows,” he said. “Let there be an open market where you can buy players at any stage to try to improve your team.”

Away from the wheeling and dealings is this weekend’s encounter with the Owls who have yet to register a win in their first five games of the season.

Wednesday triumphed 2-0 against the Teessiders in May to ensure survival and boast enough quality to repeat such a result.

“I’m pretty sure that (manager) Dave Jones will think that they haven’t got as many points as they would have liked from their performances,” Mowbray said.

“They’re a big, strong, powerful team.

“They’ve got counter attacks, speed in (Michail) Antonio and (Jermaine) Johnson. They’re a dangerous side. Their set-plays are very powerful and yet we have to ask questions of them and play our own style.

“We need to push them back and threaten their goal.”

Meanwhile, Boro’s Hartlepool-born wide midfielder Ryan Brobbel has joined League Two York City on a month’s loan.