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Boro won't be held to ransom for McCormack
TONY MOWBRAY has not given up hope of signing Ross McCormack, but insists he is weighing up moves for other targets should Leeds United continue to play hardball over a fee.
Mowbray is in the market for two more strikers and a central defender before the window closes a week on Tuesday and talks are ongoing with certain clubs.
McCormack has been the subject of strong interest from Mowbray in the last few weeks with the Boro boss seeing a number of bids knocked back by the Yorkshire outfit.
However, it is understood that although other avenues are being explored, Mowbray is still keen on bringing the 27-year-old to the Riverside.
Norwich City's Daniel Ayala is understood to be the defender Boro want to sign, while Luciano Becchio is another forward option should they miss out on McCormack.
However, with the Teessiders keen to stay within their transfer budget, Mowbray insists they will not be held to ransom in their quest to bring in reinforcements.
"The deals have to be right and in the meantime we get on with the team we've got which is doing fine," Mowbray said.
"The conversations continue with the clubs that we're talking to. It will only intensify as next week starts to run away and September 2 looms, because some of the deals we have on the table to some of these teams, they will know that offer will be off the table when time runs out and they either need the money or they don't.
"We have said enough is enough and moved on. I've tried to get across without being too direct we are talking to other clubs and if one deal comes in that we like another deal we will just forget and never go back.
"I don't think it's right to say that applies to him (McCormack) but we have irons in the fire. That's not a veiled threat, it's reality and I'm sure they know that.
"You can't only have one target in football. We are pursuing different avenues and hopefully one falls in that we like.
"We have a valuation of footballers and once you start going beyond that you are going into water you shouldn't be. There's one of two players we've inquired about and the numbers quoted back have been ridiculous so we just forget about them and move on."
With deals proving difficult to complete, there is every chance Boro will be doing some business on deadline day even though they there is scope for loans.
Mowbray revealed he doesn't envisage swift resolutions to deals he is trying to complete, but reassures supporters his squad will be strengthened in the coming weeks.
The Boro boss has four offers on various tables at home and abroad and in his eyes his squad will be a lot stronger is they can get at least two over the line.
He said: "It probably will go to the wire, but the good thing for the Championship is that we can loan players after the window and can do deals.
"Let's hope a couble of them fall in. If one falls in great, if two fall in even better, but we don't sit here and hope all four fall in because that won't happen. But you have to have options.
"I sit here and like all the options and yet I've got my choices one, two, three and four but let's wait and see who drops in.
"We're two strikers and probably a centre half away from being a right good team in this league when people will fear playing us.
"But I think the longer I talk about it the more our fans must be getting sick of hearing it, but as I've said I'm sure it's the same at Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal. They're not signing anyone but are desperate to."