According to a report in the Northern Echo, talk of Middlesbrough signing Mo Besic on a permanent deal is premature as the club’s level of investment this summer will vary depending on whether they earn promotion.
Besic re-joined Boro from Everton on a season-long loan deal last season, having spent the previous six months of last season on loan at the Riverside Stadium.
Boro narrowly missed out on promotion last season, crashing out at the semi-final stage of the play-offs. This time around Tony Pulis’s men are in danger of missing out of a top six spot following a poor run of form.
Besic has mostly been a regular in Middlesbrough’s line-up this season, featuring in 33 Championship games and providing two goals and five assists from a midfield position.
The Teesside club will surely like to sign the 26-year-old on a permanent deal in the summer, yet Everton’s valuation of him could make a move difficult should Boro fail to reach the Premier League.
A recent report in the Daily Mail claimed the Toffees were seeking £9 million for the Bosnia international. Manager Marco Silva reportedly sees no future for the player at Goodison Park, despite having a contract there until 2021.
Such a fee is hefty for a midfielder in the Championship, and Boro will be aware that a failure to earn promotion this season will see them enter the final year of their parachute payments on decreased terms.
Boro are currently seventh in the Championship table, one point behind Bristol City in sixth having played one game extra.