Middlesbrough are reportedly hoping to agree a permanent deal for Everton midfielder Mo Besic.
Besic joined Boro on a season-long loan in the final hours of the transfer window and has been a key part of Tony Pulis’ plans for the Championship high-flyers.
The 26-year-old has made 12 appearances in the league, scoring twice and contributing two assists. He was just as impressive while on loan with the same club during the second-half of last term.
Unsurprisingly therefore, Boro are eyeing a permanent move for the midfielder and have begun talks with Everton. The Sunday Mirror (04/11; page 67) reports that the Toffees are open to selling Besic despite his impressive form in the second tier.
Middlesbrough have reportedly initiated discussions already as they fear that the Bosnia-Herzegovina international – who cost the Premier League side £4 million in 2014, according to the Guardian – is attracting attention from clubs in the Premier League as well as other top flight sides elsewhere.
It would certainly be a huge boost for Boro if they managed to get a permanent deal for Besic agreed ahead of January. He has unquestionably improved a midfield that already looked to be one of the best in the division.
And with Everton hardly missing his presence in the middle of the park right now, selling him while his stock is high appears to make a lot of sense.