Middlesbrough are set for a couple of tense weeks as manager Tony Pulis attempts to carry out some late transfer business.
The Championship outfit’s main aim will be to push for promotion to the Premier League this season, but they have lost some key players.
Patrick Bamford, Adama Traore and Ben Gibson have all moved on, and in terms of incomings, it is only Aden Flint, Paddy McNair and Jordan Hugill.
It has been widely reported that Boro are on the hunt for a new midfielder, but according to the London Evening Standard, one of Pulis’s top targets Marko Grujic has turned down a loan deal.
The Serbian midfielder plies his trade at Liverpool, and despite failing to earn regular game time at Anfield, he has reportedly rejected both Boro and Cardiff City.
This means that Pulis will have to back to the drawing board, but the loan market shuts in just over two weeks’ time.
On Twitter, Boro fans have given split opinions on Grujic’s apparent snub.
Every club is the same you know. Not all transfer targets come off. People just need to stop slagging off the club over idle gossip.
— UpTheBoro (@SiCareyBoro) August 14, 2018
— Andy Willis (@willisandy86) August 14, 2018
If you read the article it clearly says he turned down us and Cardiff so is this just designed to get us all thinking everyone’s turning just us down to perpetuate the myth that nobody wants to come to us?
— stuart pearson (@peo__73) August 14, 2018
Another to the list of no’s
— lee charles (@charlesl86) August 14, 2018
To be fair, it looks like he’s staying at Liverpool. Doesn’t want a move anywhere.
— J (@jon_haigh) August 14, 2018
Why does nobody want to come to us
— Mike Smith (@MIkemfcsmith) August 14, 2018
Don’t believe it. Plus I don’t care. He’s not the sort of player we need. We are getting Besic so why does the media link us with almost every midfielder
— Seth Rollins BAY BAY (@SethTrollinsGHC) August 14, 2018