The Mirror has today given Middlesbrough hope of signing both Yannick Bolasie and Mo Besic on loan from Everton in the coming days as they are reporting that neither player will be a key feature in Marco Silva’s squad this season and instead could benefit from loans to the Championship.
With Middlesbrough still needing to strengthen across the pitch before the transfer and loan window slammed shut, Boro fans were expecting a fair few incomings on deadline day, especially with all the names Boro had been linked with.
Boro’s linked list going into #TransferDeadLineDay
Its going to be an exciting one! pic.twitter.com/Vilcie0oxb
— The Boro Breakdown🎙 (@Boro_Breakdown) August 8, 2018
However, the only name that looked like signing for Boro on deadline-day was Everton’s Mo Besic.
A fee of £6m was reportedly agreed by the two clubs but right in the last hour, the deal fell through.
Understand Middlesbrough had a bid of £6m accepted for Besic & personal terms were all but agreed, but agent fees caused the breakdown. Boro had multiple bids for Saville & Wallace rejected by Millwall. They still have until end of the month to bring in loans – Bolasie possible.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 9, 2018
Thankfully for Middlesbrough fans though, Boro could still land Besic and his club teammate Yannick Bolasie before the loan window shuts on the 31st of August, according to the Gazette.
Bolasie made his name in the lower leagues of English football.
He signed for Plymouth in July of 2008 and went on to play 52 games for them, in which he scored eight and assisted two.
Bolasie also enjoyed a spell at Barnet, playing 46 games, scoring five and assisting four.
The 29-year-old then signed for Bristol City in 2011 and played 25 games for them before signing for Crystal Palace in 2012 for a fee in the region of £576,000.
Bolasie played 144 games for Palace, in which he scored 13 and assisted 30 before his current club Everton signed him in 2016 for a fee of around £26 million.
‘What we’ve wanted and needed to do is improve, which unfortunately we haven’t’
Tony Pulis has also given Boro fans hope of landing the Everton duo as in a press conference earlier this week Pulis highlighted the lack of depth in his squad the need to still strengthen it.
“Last year we had targets, and managed to reach the play-offs and improved the players we had here,”
“But I think the reason we fell short was because of a lack of depth.
“We generated enough income and enough money this summer to put the club on a sound financial base, which I think we did with the sales of [Ben] Gibson, [Patrick] Bamford and Adama.
“What we’ve wanted and needed to do is improve, which unfortunately we haven’t managed to get those players through the door.
“That’s a desperate disappointment, and it will be a disappointment to everyone within the football club.
“There’s still openings to sort stuff, and there has to be more depth to this squad. It’s got to be a busy next few weeks.”
A poor season
At the start of the 2017/18 season, Middlesbrough were one of the favourites to win automatic promotion.
This is hardly surprising given the players they kept hold of, the money they spent and the manager they had signed.
However, despite Gary Monk having a good 2016/17 season with Leeds, he was useless at Boro.
By Christmas Middlesbrough were not even close to a playoff spot, this was simply not good enough and as a result, Monk was replaced by Tony Pulis on Boxing day.
Pulis did his best to sort Monk’s mess out and did guide Boro to the playoffs. However, they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa over two legs.
So, Pulis has been using this summer to put his own touch on the Boro squad with Bolasie and Besic hopefully Boro’s fifth and sixth signings of the summer.