Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock says he is disappointed to miss out on signing Yannick Bolasie with Blackburn Rovers and Millwall also keen on him, the Gazette report.
Boro were keen to sign Everton’s Bolasie on loan, with manager Neil Warnock having worked with the DR Congo international at former club Crystal Palace.
According to the Northern Echo, Bolasie held talks with Millwall and Blackburn ahead of deadline day but Boro were always the favourites to land him.
A deal, however, failed to materialise despite an agreement in place.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Warnock shares his disappointment.
“Numerous things happened in the afternoon; it wasn’t to be. Yes, I’m disappointed but we move on. I thought we had him most of the day, but problems cropped up and we couldn’t get it over the line, it was too late. He was disappointed but he was partly to blame. There were things I should have known before 4 o clock about his problems at Everton and they were problems we couldn’t overcome,” Warnock explained.
The domestic deadline closed on Friday October 16 at 5pm.
Millwall managed to sign Kenneth Zohore on loan from West Bromwich Albion, while Blackburn added Barry Douglas, Tom Trybull and Harvey Elliot on loan on deadline day.
Rovers also signed young goalkeeper Aynsley Pears permanently who joined from Boro.
Both Millwall and Rovers can look back on deadline day as a big success despite missing out on Bolasie. Boro, however, will be left frustrated.
Neil Warnock’s side added Grant Hall, Sam Morsy, Chuba Akpom, Marcus Bettinelli and Patrick Roberts earlier in the window, but Boro were eager to bring in more.
Bolasie, who earns £75,000 per week at Everton, is a mercurial talent blessed with speed, power and raw ability. He would have been ideal out wide for Boro but it wasn’t to be.