Boro to use Boyd money

Mowbray looks for another new face

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Middlesbrough have confirmed that Kris Boyd's move to Nottingham Forest has freed up some finances which could help them to bolster their squad.

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Boro took Paul Smith from Forest in a loan exchange for the Scottish international.

And now Boro boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed that with Forest taking Boyd's sizeable wage package, he may be able to bolster his squad ahead of the run-in which sees his side battling against relegation.

"It helps us on the financial side quite dramatically because there's a big discrepancy in their two wages," he said.

"It was the right deal for the football club, while it's given us a big, solid goalkeeper.

"With Boyd moving on it potentially opens a little bit of leeway financially for us to see if we can get a young player in to try to help the cause."

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Mowbray admits that he is likely to be looking to bolster their midfield rather than in central defence where they had been short.

"We are thinking about that [defence] but Stephen McManus is probably going to travel in the squad on Saturday, Andrew Davies keeps knocking on my door and telling me he is getting closer and Rhys Williams is back, so we're okay for centre-halves," he said.

"What we need to look at is centre-midfield, although I thought Richie Smallwood did a fine job against Derby.

"But it is an area where we are thin. Even so if we bring a player in, it's not going to be Steven Gerrard or a star player type, but a bit-part player who can add to the numbers we have."

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