Everton’s decision to loan Mo Besic to Middlesbrough in January worked out perfectly for all parties.
The Bosnian midfielder had barely featured at Goodison Park over the last few seasons due to a series of injuries, not to mention the addition of new signings and academy graduates which left him well down the pecking order.
But Besic shone in the North East, putting those fitness issues behind him to start 17 Championship games and lead Middlesbrough into the play-off places. As a result, the 25-year-old has restored his reputation – and inflated his price-tag too.
This would be fantastic business for Everton, especially considering that Besic has started just 22 Premier League games since his £4 million move from Ferencvaros in 2014.
The Northern Echo adds that Besic, a ferocious and tough-tackling throwback of a midfielder, would be interested in a return to Middlesbrough if he is told that he has no future at Goodison Park.
Tony Pulis, the Middlesbrough manager, would love to see Besic return.