Middlesbrough are still trying to lure Coventry City striker Lukas Jutkiewicz to the Riverside despite having a bid for the striker rejected on the summer transfer deadline day.
The Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray made an offer in the region of £1m for Jutkiewicz, but was rebuffed when Coventry sold Ben Turner and received a 10% sell on fee for Birmingham's Scott Dann.
Had these two sales not gone through, Coventry City's owners SISU might well have cashed in on the 22 year old striker, but the City manager Andy Thorn was reluctant to lose yet another striker when he was trying desperately to sign a much needed replacement for the departed Marlon King.
Mowbray himself desperately needs more strikers at The Riverside and would appear to set his sights on the Coventry hit-man and is now embarking on a campaign to destabilise the player and lure him to Middlesbrough in either the loan current window or when the winter transfer market opens in January.
Middlesbrough's head coach Mark Proctor told the the Northern Echo, "It's common knowledge we tried to sign him (Jukiewicz). It just didn't quite happen. Maybe once the window has reopened on Thursday then it could be re-ignited. We do need to bring someone in. We can't cope with how things are at the moment. I'm sure before long we will bring one in."
Middlesbrough appear to be trying to take advantage of the financial crisis that Coventry are in at the moment and think that even a poor bid would be sufficient for SISU to agree to a sale, however SISU are backing their manager for a change and are reluctant to let any more players leave.
Should any irresistible offer come in for any player though SISU and the City board would more than likely give it serious consideration.
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