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Adama--------£18M/£20M

Gibbo----------£15M

Bamford-------£7M/£10M

Fabio-----------£1M

Barragan------£1M

Besic------------Loan End

Baker-----------Loan End

Harrison--------Loan End

Tomas Mejias-----Released

Crainie-----------Released

 

In

Flint--------------------£6M/£7M

McNair-----------------£5M

Hugill------------------Loan

Lonergan-------------free

 

What boro did to Mowbray springs to mind looking at that.

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People talking about bedwetting. A couple of days ago pulis said this group of players are not good enough to get promoted.

 

Is our manager bedwetting too? Or is he being honest about the team?

 

Mid table mediocrity beckons

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@SkySports_Keith

 

Understand Middlesbrough had a bid of £6m accepted for Besic & personal terms were all but agreed, but agent fees caused the breakdown. Boro had multiple bids for Saville & Wallace rejected by Millwall. They still have until end of the month to bring in loans - Bolasie possible.

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Understand Middlesbrough had a bid of £6m accepted for Besic & personal terms were all but agreed, but agent fees caused the breakdown. Boro had multiple bids for Saville & Wallace rejected by Millwall. They still have until end of the month to bring in loans - Bolasie possible.

 

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This summer we're about +30 million which matches our promotion summer spend almost exactly making the last 5 windows a wash and if anything a profit. We've also got 3 players on PL wages out the door and replaced them with 2 permanent signings on Championship wages. Pulis said he doesn't want to spend Steve's millions for two windows now I'm just wondering where the spend has really been since we got promoted we nickel and dime everything we can and as Vickers said a few years ago the key to our brilliant transfer strategy is 'patience' got to be honest after the 5 windows since we limped over the line vs Brighton I'm running out of patience.

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