According to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, Middlesbrough are in talks with Muhamed Besic over a potential loan-deal.

As reported on The 72 earlier today, Middlesbrough are also in talks with teammate Yannick Bolasie over a season-long loan, with both players having spent time at Boro’s training complex Rockcliffe Park in the last 24 hours.

Middlesbrough looked set to sign Muhamed Besic in the regular transfer window, and a deal had been agreed between Boro and Everton ahead of a permanent switch to Teesside, with a fee of £6 million reported. However, talks broke down due to agent fees not being agreed, and the deal failed to come to fruition.

Equally, the deal for Bolasie looked to be all but done, but talk of wage demands failing to be met looked to be the stumbling block in the deal, meaning both players stayed put at Goodison Park.

However, according to Downie, ‘a deal is in place’ to take Besic on loan. The Bosnian international midfielder spent time at The Riverside last season, arriving in January on a short-term loan. The 25-year old was a fan favourite at Middlesbrough, and was one of manager Tony Pulis’ top targets this transfer window.

With both Bolasie and Besic’s permanent deals failing in the regular window, it is promising for Middlesbrough fans that they are pursuing the duo in the loan market. It has not yet been reported whether or not either of the loan deals will include clauses which allow the club to purchase the players outright following the loan move.

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