Boro rule out Steele sale

Lamb issues hands-off warning to potential suitors

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Middlesbrough have rubbished speculation linking goalkeeper Jason Steele with a move away from the club.

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Reports suggested over the weekend that Boro could be ready to sell the England U21 international to Arsenal for £4million in the New Year.

It was claimed that Steele would then return to the Riverside on loan for the remainder of the season.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has been tipped to bring in a new shot-stopper when the January transfer window opens and Steele is regarded as a bright prospect for the future.

However, Middlesbrough chief executive Keith Lamb has made it clear that Steele will not be going anywhere regardless of what sort of offer comes in.

"The story is complete nonsense. We have no intention of selling Jason for £4million or any other fee," Lamb told the club's official website.

"He is a massive part of the future of the club, so the idea of selling him is not on our agenda."

Vital

Manager Tony Mowbray has also assured supporters that Steele will not be leaving as he sees the youngster as the type of player Boro need if they are to win promotion back to the Premier League.

"I think it's vitally important that we don't sell our assets, of which Jason is certainly one," said Mowbray.

"We don't need to sell our young players. They can get us back in the Premier League if we give them time to fulfil their potential here.

"I hope Jason is our goalkeeper for many, many years to come.

"I wouldn't want to sell him now or in the future."