Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Time Running out as Mogga Faces Anxious Wait to Shuffle Pack

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Time Running out as Mogga Faces Anxious Wait to Shuffle Pack

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TIME may turn out to be the winner in Tony Mowbray's battle to improve his squad this winter.

The Boro boss has his hands tied behind his back while he waits to see if players move out of the dressing room this month.

The bottom line is that Mowbray can not add to his squad until he shifts some of the better paid players off the wage bill.

Not an easy task in a period where many clubs are unwilling - or unable - to buy new players themselves.

And the transfer clock is gradually ticking away.

The window is already past the half-way stage, yet Mogga has not managed to ease anybody out of the club so far.

He may finally be about to see some loosening of the reins.

David Wheater's potential move to Bolton Wanderers appears to be on.

Bolton are said to have offered pounds 4m for Wheater two weeks ago, but then withdrew it while they pondered the finer points of the deal.

Now the Trotters are believed to have come back with another offer.

If Wheater leaves, then Mowbray may yet turn to Andrew Davies, who has been training with the club this month.

Davies has been told that he can leave Stoke City if he can find a new club.

Mowbray may look to try to set up a loan arrangement - but this is dependent on Stoke's willingness for Boro to play only a percentage of the defender's wages.

There's also a possibility that Andrew Taylor will move on shortly, if he decides to complete a permanent move to Watford.

If Taylor goes he is unlikely to be replaced within the squad, though it's different at the other end of pitch.

Much maligned striker Kris Boyd, one of the better paid Boro players, is another who could move on before the end of the month.

If Boyd leaves, Mowbray will undoubtedly seek a fee and a permanent move for the Scottish international.

Clearly Boyd's departure would create a sizeable hole in the wage bill.

But if we get to the very end of the month before Boyd and any other big money men leave, then there will be little time to complete incoming deals. …

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