Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has revealed that Boro did make an attempt to sign Robbie Brady on a free transfer before his move to AFC Bournemouth was confirmed.
Bournemouth announced the arrival of Brady on a free transfer recently and the Republic of Ireland international will now have the chance to get his career back on track following his departure from Burnley at the end of last season.
It had been reported that Middlesbrough could potentially be interested in making a move for Brady as they aimed to bring in some free-agents to help boost the numbers available to Warnock.
The versatile winger, who can also play at left-back, could have been a welcome addition to Middlesbrough’s squad and he could have potentially helped to ease the pressure on their squad amid their ongoing injury issues.
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However, speaking to Teesside Live ahead of Boro’s clash with Barnsley, Warnock confessed that while Boro talked with Brady and wanted to sign him, they could not compete financially with what Bournemouth were offering him.
He said: “I would have liked to have brought Robbie Brady in if I’m honest. I think everybody knows that.
“We did speak to him. He came up here and what have you, but unfortunately we couldn’t get it over the line and I see he’s now signed for Bournemouth.
“He’s a lovely lad a good player as well, so good luck to him.
“We talked with him, but we couldn’t get anywhere near what he’s offered at Bournemouth because they have the parachute payments.
“Those sides are always going to be able to carry bigger squads.”
This is undoubtedly a blow for Middlesbrough because Brady was a perfect option for them to try and bring in on a free transfer.
The Republic of Ireland international would have been able to add a lot of quality in terms of his set-piece delivery and also his versatility to cover a few positions.
However, at the moment, you can understand why Brady might have preferred a move to Bournemouth considering they were able to offer him more money and also the greater prospect of a promotion challenge this season.
Brady will now be looking to make sure that he stays fully fit for the Cherries and if he can do that then there is every chance he could make a real impression for them in the Championship during the rest of the campaign.
Warnock will be frustrated by knows and accepts that Boro can not compete with some other sides in the league in terms of their finances. So, he will have to continue to try and work with what he has.