Middlesbrough were quiet on deadline day, with no players coming in or going out.
Middlesbrough’s deals were done earlier in the window, bringing in four players on permanent deals. Goalkeeper Tomas Mejias returned to the club after a year in Cyprus, Marcus Browne signed from West Ham, Marc Bola arrived from Blackpool and Anfernee Dijksteel signed for Boro from Charlton for a fee in the region of £2 million.
But it may not be over yet, with Middlesbrough-linked defender Alan Hutton still without a club following his release from his previous club Aston Villa at the end of last season.
It was reported on The72 that Boro’s representatives and Hutton had entered talks, but nothing seems to have come to fruition as of yet. However, the Teessiders’ signing of Dijksteel from Charlton could have ended their pursuit. Woodgate claimed Dijksteel was his top target, and now they have got their man they may have given up the chase on signing Hutton.
The Boro boss also set out a transfer blueprint of signing young, hungry players, and Hutton doesn’t necessarily fit that bill. Although his experience in the Championship would be vital for a manager who is keen on promoting and signing youth to give balance.
The 34-year old is a former teammate of Woodgate, having played together for Tottenham Hotspur. The pair signed in the same January transfer window in 2008 and left in the same transfer window in 2011. Both players were part of the 2007/08 League Cup winning side in which Woodgate scored the winning goal.