By Richard Parks
Middlesbrough want to sign Everton’s Muhamed Besic on a permanent basis in the summer after his impressive loan spell, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claim that Boro manager Tony Pulis has been impressed by the midfielder, who was signed temporarily in the January window.
It is said that Everton have placed a £4.5million-plus asking price on Besic, who they signed in 2014 from Ferencvaros.
Besic has made six appearances for Boro, all of which have been in the Championship and have come as a member of the starting XI.
Pulis has been impressed by the composure of Besic, 25, in centre midfield for the promotion hopefuls, who are sixth in the division with a quarter of the campaign remaining:
“He’s cool and calm, too many touches at times, but he’s a good player and a great kid,” the manager said, as quoted by the Northern Echo.
“He’d had problems with his hamstring in the last couple of days before the game and felt sore after last week’s game at Birmingham. If he said he wanted to rest we’d rest him.
“He didn’t train but he said he was ready to go and he wanted to play it’s a great attitude.”
Football Insider verdict:
Besic has rediscovered his mojo after being frozen out at Everton, where he had been given just 44 minutes of Premier League action in the first half of the season despite being fully fit. The top of the Championship is about the right level for the midfielder, who is a 28-times Bosnia-Herzegovina international, and he clearly has the admiration of his manager, something that has not always been apparent from those who have run the show at Everton in recent times.