Andraz Sporar and Toyosi Olusanya are having medicals at Middlesbrough this week, however are unlikely to be ready in time to face Derby County on Saturday, Neil Warnock told TeessideLive.
As Boro lick their wounds from Wednesday evening’s 3-2 defeat at home to Queens Park Rangers, Warnock has lifted the fan base with the news that deals for Sporar and Billericay Town’s Olusanya are to be finalised in the near future. The former looks to be on an initial loan deal from Sporting Lisbon.
Warnock said: “Yeah, but I wouldn’t have thought they’ll be involved at the weekend.
“They’re both having medicals but I can’t see them getting through in time. There are too many bits and bobs, are you with me.”
The article also cited the club’s interest Swansea City’s Jake Bidwell as an option at left back, but Russell Martin confirmed that there had been no official approach as yet.
Saturday’s contest with a Derby County side buoyant after their win at Hull City, will be an interesting test for Boro, just as they were last weekend against Bristol City Warnock’s men will go in as strong favourites, whether they suit the favourites tag is unclear.
Summer signings Uche Ikpeazu and Matt Crooks got on the scoresheet for the second game running on Wednesday evening and will be looking to link up and improve their understanding in attacking areas further at the weekend.
Talk of new additions the morning after a narrow defeat is bound to soften the blow for supporters. Rangers have started the season in impressive fashion and moved up to third in the league on Wednesday evening, with just goal difference separating the top six, all on a tally of seven points.
Warnock’s business in the transfer market has been excellent since he stepped into the void at Middlesbrough and he can really come into his own in the final fortnight.
Using his contacts and sniffing out some bargains, which he is also likely to do in the free agents market in the time before the deadline. There were plenty of positives and reasons for fans to be optimistic, despite the narrow QPR defeat.