Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder told Teesside Live that he is not expecting any senior departures apart from Spurs target Djed Spence.
Middlesbrough are looking increasingly likely to sell Spence to Tottenham Hotspur with advanced talks taking place.
The Teessiders have already allowed three first-team players to depart the club permanently, with defensive trio Sol Bamba, Lee Peltier and Neil Taylor all not offered new contracts. Last season’s number one Joe Lumley has also left, albeit on loan, joining fellow Championship side Reading for the season.
The likes of Dael Fry, Isaiah Jones and Marcus Tavernier are players who are never too far away from speculation, but Wilder has ruled out any more senior departures unless a ‘ridiculous’ bid comes in.
“I’m not expecting any other (senior) departures apart from Djed,” said the Boro boss in an interview with Teesside Live.
“What I would say though is that if something ridiculous did happen, then would Steve [Gibson] reinvest the money? Yeah, he would. The names that always get bandied around are Djed, Tav and Dael – if all of a sudden we got a £60m bid, would Steve look at it? Yeah, he would.
“But he’d also then be adjusting what players we were able to go for ourselves. We’d be able to go for different targets because he would want to reinvest.”
Wilder’s comments are contradictory to previous reports however, with The Northern Echo stating that striker duo Chuba Akpom and Uche Ikpeazu are expected to leave in the coming weeks, with the same source reporting Grant Hall and Hayden Coulson have been told similar.
A squad in transition?
Middlesbrough manager Wilder took over from Neil Warnock with the side in 15th and got them challenging for play-offs by the end of the campaign. So next season promises to be a positive one for Boro, but the squad does need a revamp according to Wilder.
The transfer window is expected to be a busy one for the Teessiders. Yet, given Wilder’s recent interview, the players currently at his disposal will stay, with the only likely transfer business being youngsters departing or fresh faces incoming.
The squad is rather thin on the ground and so additions will be the priority over players leaving.