Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has suggested that a move for midfielder Martin Payero is edging closer and believes it is a gamble signing that could pay off for them.
It has been reported recently by Teesside Live that Middlesbrough are closing in on securing the signature of Payero this summer. That comes with the 22-year-old believed to have already completed a medical with Boro ahead of a possible move to the Riverside this summer.
However, it is believed that there are still some financial loose ends to be tied up before a move for Payero can be completed this summer by Boro.
While previous reports have indicated that Middlesbrough remain confident that they could secure a work permit for the 22-year-old that would enable him to make the move to the club.
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Speaking to Teesside Live, Warnock outlined how the move for Payero had come about this summer and also hinted that the transfer could be close to being completed by insisting that it might not be a bad gamble for the club to make this summer.
He said: “The recruitment guys gave it to us and then Leo looked into it.
“Steve, for all we haven’t got a lot of money, he always wants to gamble with the Argentinians and the Brazilians.
“He (Payero) is young, a good age, is going to the Olympics so it may not be a bad gamble.”
This could potentially be a really positive signing for Boro and it seems that the club are taking a genuine effort to broaden their transfer horizons this summer by scouting South American transfer markets as well as domestic markets.
That is going to be more important than ever this window given the financial difficulties around for most Championship sides.
Depending on the financial side of the move for Payero, Warnock is right that a move for the midfielder is a gamble that is worth taking at this stage for Boro.
You would expect that they have done their homework around the 22-year-old and if they feel he is a suitable player to add to their squad then you would have to back their judgment.
You would not expect Payero to be instantly starting for Boro in the Championship even if he is confirmed as a player in the near future.
That is because Warnock will want to fully assess his capabilities on the training ground first. However, the experienced manager has had one or two transfer gambles pay off in his long career and this might well be another one.