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Woodgate hopes for more signings this summer

Woodgate hopes for more signings this summer

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate has admitted he wants to make further signings this summer.

The club have made three signings so far in the transfer window, and are reportedly in the hunt for another full-back, midfielder and a defender.

Boro brought back goalkeeper Tomas Meijas on a free transfer, signed attacking midfielder Marcus Browne from West Ham on Friday, and left-back Marc Bola joined from Blackpool. Both Browne and Bola made their debuts against Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne, impressing during the 1-1 draw.

However, when asked about more whether there would be anymore signings before deadline day, Woodgate admitted that his squad still remained thin.

“I’m not going to put a number on it,” he said. “I know exactly what I want, Neil (Bausor) and Adrian (Bevington) know exactly what we want in what areas. They’ll be working hard to get the players in.

“Hopefully there will be more. Definitely before transfer deadline day.”

Woodgate also talked up his two latest signings, Browne and Bola, saying he is confident the two 21-year-old’s would prove to be good players for the club.

“They have a desire to come and play, they both could go as far as they want to go,” said Woodgate.

“It’s up to me, Leo (Percovich), Robbie (Keane) and Danny (Coyne) to push them even further, especially with Marcus Browne, he brings excitement and will bring a crowd on their feet. He wants to improve, he’s bringing his family up from London which is a great thing.

“As for Marc Bola, I heard great reports from him. I watched him years ago when he played for Arsenal Under-19s in the UEFA League so I always kept an eye on him.

“I heard a lot about him when he was at Notts County, Blackpool under Simon Grayson, I know him inside out. There are things he can improve on but I thought he was really good when he came on, he was solid aggressive, good in the air. He can play.”

[Quotes via Hartlepool Mail]