£22m For Boro Stars?

Last updated : 25 August 2009 By Boro Mad

Tonight's Carling tie at Nottingham Forest could be a farewell appearance for a number of Middlesbrough players ... but which ones?

The transfer speculation of strikers Tunçay and Afonso Alves have kept the circulation of newspapers flowing over the summer ... but none of the reporters has got a single story right ... the buggers are still here!

The transfer window closes at 5pm a week today, and Southgate hopes to fend off interest in defenders David Wheater and Robert Huth ... as there has been GENUINE interest in both.

Major clubs have phoned and offered odds-and-sods in return, but (according to Southgate) "no-one has lodged an acceptable offer".

But with Everton set to sell Joleon Lescott to Manchester City, they will want an international defender as a replacement.

“At the moment, we have a very good squad,” said the Boro manager. “Like any other football club, as we have just seen at Everton, if you get offers you think are worthwhile, then you have decisions to make. But unless that happens, we don’t have a decision to make.”

Gareth Southgate. “I would ask £22m – even WE might have to consider selling people at that price.