Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MOGGA LINES UP VARGA; and Second Target Due for Boro Talks Mowbray Lining Up First Signing

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MOGGA LINES UP VARGA; and Second Target Due for Boro Talks Mowbray Lining Up First Signing

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Byline: PHILIP TALLENTIRE

HUNGARIAN international Jozsef Varga could be Boro's first signing of the summer with Burton midfielder Jacques Maghoma due for talks next week.

Tony Mowbray has spoken publicly for the first time this summer about several of his transfer targets, confirming the club's interest in midfielder Dean Whitehead, who was released by Stoke last month.

The Boro boss, however, ruled out approaches for 20-year-old Swiss defender Frederic Veseli, who was released by Manchester United at the end of the season, as well as Brighton winger David Lopez and Bolton defender Tim Ream.

Varga, 25, is contracted to Hungarian club Debrecen but spent part of last season on loan with German club Greuther Furth, who were relegated from the Bundesliga.

Chief executive Neil Bausor is working hard to push the deal through before pre-season training starts on Monday.

Varga, who is primarily a defensive-minded midfielder, is believed to be keen to move to England and, if Boro sign him, they are likely to end their interest in Whitehead. The club would like to sign free agent Whitehead but face stiff competition from several other clubs for the 31-year-old former Sunderland midfielder.

He's believed to be in talks with a number of clubs and his wage demands could prove problematic.

Speaking to the Gazette, Mowbray said: "I feel he could help solidify us out of possession.

"Can we do it? I think the boy has got options but he's somebody we've talked to and we'll see what develops over the next few weeks."

Maghoma, pictured, will visit Rockliffe Park next week.

Boro like the look of the 25-year-old goalscoring midfielder, who was named in the League Two team of the season by the PFA but, at the moment, are not actively pursuing his signature.

Mowbray will speak to the player and his representatives next week

From Back Page to put them in the picture. He said: "I'll talk to the boy next week. …

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