Has door opened for Leeds United and Middlesbrough for Muhamed Besic?

Tom Cleverley of Everton (R) celebrates with team mate Muhamed Besic as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James'...

Leeds United and Middlesbrough reportedly wanted to sign Muhamed Besic from Everton on transfer deadline day.

Mo Besic of Everton during the Pre-Season Friendly at Gigg Lane on July 18, 2018 in Bury, England.

Everton and Middlesbrough both reportedly wanted to sign Muhamed Besic in the summer transfer window, but as things stand, the defensive midfielder is an Everton player.

TEAMtalk reported on transfer deadline day that Championship duo Leeds and Middlesbrough made bids for the 25-year-old - who earns £30,000 per week as salary, according to Spotrac.com.

Gazette Live reported later on transfer deadline day that Middlesbrough and Everton had agreed on a fee, but the move fell through due to agent fees.

 

Encouraging comments

Everton manager Marco Silva has given his take on the situation, and he also seems to have hinted that the Bosnia and Herzegovina international defensive midfielder could leave in the summer transfer window.

Silva told The Liverpool Echo (13:47): “With Besic something happened between the club and the agent, I don’t know what happened. Everything was agreed between the clubs.”

“We will see what happens in the future,” added Silva. “When something happens we will let you know.”

Muhamed Besic of Everton (R) challenges for the ball during the Algarve Cup match between Everton and Lille on July 21, 2018 in Faro, Portugal.

Loan move possible?

It is clear that Everton manager Silva does not have Besic in his plans this season, and that he would not be too concerned if the midfielder leaves.

Silva’s comments do open the door for Leeds and Middlesbrough to make loan moves for the 25-year-old former Ferencvaros man.

If Leeds and Boro were keen on signing Besic on a permanent deal, then one suspects that the Championship duo would not hesitate about signing the defensive midfielder on loan.

Muhamed Besic of Everton celebrates after scoring the third goal during the pre-season friendly match between MK Dons and Everton at Stadium mk on July 26, 2016 in Milton Keynes, England.

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