According to reports on TEAMtalk, Middlesbrough have opened talks with Everton over the permanent signing of midfield loanee Muhamed Besic.

Muhamed Besic has been impressive for Middlesbrough since his arrival from Everton in the summer, and he has nailed himself down as a starter in the side alongside Adam Clayton and Jonny Howson.

The Bosnian international initially arrived on deadline day with the hope of securing a permanent deal. However, agent fees provided a tricky hurdle and the deal wasn’t able to be completed before the window closed, meaning Middlesbrough had to turn their attention towards a loan move instead.

It is believed all parties involved want the loan to materialise into a full-time contract, with Everton boss Marco Silva keen to offload the midfielder, as he believes he does not have a future at Goodison Park. Besic was a bit-part player for the Toffees, having signed from Hungarian outfit Ferencváros in 2014.

The 26-year old is also reportedly interesting Premier League clubs, as well as other European sides, so Middlesbrough are wanting to secure a verbal agreement before the January transfer window, and ultimately have a contract drawn up as soon as the window opens.

As well as Besic, George Saville it set to sign a permanent contract with the club in January, having signed initially on a loan deal in the summer. Tony Pulis will be hoping he can make both loanees permanent members of the squad, as they have both proved themselves to be vital to Middlesbrough so far this season.

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