MIDDLESBROUGH boss Garry Monk appears to have shut the door on former club Leeds United’s hopes of landing striker Rudy Gestede.
Monk says he has little intention of selling the striker, with Leeds having reportedly made a £6m offer for the tall striker following the sale of Chris Wood to Burnley on Sunday.
Gestede moved to Middlesbrough from Aston Villa in January but failed to make his mark in the Premier League and the North Yorkshire club were relegated back to the Championship.
Monk said the targetman still had a role to play at the Riverside. “He’s an important player,” he said. “He is an integral player to what we are doing here. We do not want to lose the players that are here right now.”
Despite Monk’s comments it is expected that Leeds are preparing an improved bid to test Boro’s resolve over the former Villa striker.
Meanwhile, Leeds have reportedly agreed a deal to bring NEC Nijmegen forward Jay-Roy Grot to Elland Road.
Leeds have allowed striker Souleymane Doukara to leave with the frontman set for a move to Turkey.
Huddersfield Town have signed attacking midfielder Abdelhamid Sabiri as David Wagner continues to fine-tune his squad ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.
The Terriers have brought the Moroccan in from German club FC Nurnberg on a three-year contract with the club having the option of an additional 12 months.
Wagner said: “He is one of the most exciting talents from the German leagues. We needed another natural ‘number 10’ in our squad and he gives us a good option in all the attacking midfield areas.
Wolves’s Nouha Dicko is the latest striker to be linked with Hull City, according to reports in the West Midlands.
The Tigers are scouring the market for forward options after losing star man Abel Hernandez to injury.
QPR are also known to be interested in landing the Molineux forward.
Hull are expected to confirm the capture of Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral in a £3m deal later today.