Middlesbrough Transfer News and Rumours, Thursday 2 June

Wage Bill Halts Hadouir Deal

Middlesbrough have been in talks with attacking midfielder Anouar Hadouir about a move to the Riverside but manager Tony Mowbray has told the Dutchman that he can’t consider a move until he has trimmed Boro’s wage bill.

The 28-year-old, who plays for Roda JC Kerkrade in the Dutch top flight, will be a free agent at the end of the month when his contract expires and is looking for a move to the Championship side.

He recently met Mowbray at the club where he got a tour of the facilities.

“I was very impressed,” he told the Northern Echo. Middlesbrough play in the Championship, but have the attitude of a Premier League side.”

Hadouir was the subject of interest from Ajax last summer but Roda were unable to agree a fee with the Dutch giants and the deal fell through.

Mowbray is keen to bring in Hadouir but has been told by Boro owner Steve Gibson that he must bring down the wage bill before he can bring in new players. Gibson is looking for savings of at least 50%. Willo Flood has left for SPL side Dundee United while Julio Arca and Andrew Taylor are both pondering new contracts but on much lower wages. There has been no interest in high earners such as Kris Boyd, Didier Digard and Scott McDonald although clubs have been in touch over Rhys Williams and Marvin Emnes.

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