Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BORO FACE D-DAY DRAMA; Mogga Still Hopeful of Clinching Deals Facing a D-Day Drama

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BORO FACE D-DAY DRAMA; Mogga Still Hopeful of Clinching Deals Facing a D-Day Drama

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Byline: PHILIP TALLENTIRE

TONY Mowbray remains optimistic that he can add to his squad before deadline day.

However, with just four days to go before the transfer window shuts, it's looking more and more likely that Boro's business will be conducted on January 31.

Of course, with the club potentially looking at making loan signings, it's possible new players could be brought in after next Tuesday.

"We're not aiming to do things on the 31st," Mowbray told the Gazette. "We want to get it done as soon as we can.

"Let's wait and see what the window brings. There are enough things going on in the background, a few conversations being had.

"When you're buying you want everything as cheap as you can and when you're selling you want as much as you can and that's why things drag on and on.

"It often goes to the last day and it's down to who folds their cards first."

Mowbray, meanwhile, admits the absence of Nicky Bailey is being felt.

Boro have lost their last three games in the league and their tenacious midfield battler has missed all three due to a medial knee ligament injury.

"I think Bailey is a loss" said Mowbray.

"I couldn't stand here and say Bailey hasn't been a loss and yet you've got to give respect to the players that have played and I'd say it (the defeats) is more about the balance of the team.

"Without Nicky that hasn't been quite right. …

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