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Boro linked with Beattie
14 Jul 2007 - 15:07:27
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has revealed he expects to sign at least two more players amid speculation linking the Teessiders with a move for Everton's James Beattie.
Southgate has already bolstered his strikeforce with the double capture of Turkey international Sanli Tuncay and former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere this summer.
But the Riverside boss will reportedly turn his attention towards Beattie after failing to lure Manchester United striker Alan Smith to the north-east.
Beattie has failed to set Goodison Park alight following his £6million move from Southampton in January 2005 and managed just two goals last season.
"We are still looking to improve the team. We are working on a shortlist of potential targets with the aim of bringing in a couple more players yet," Southgate told the club's official website.
"I would ideally like to bring in any additions sooner rather than later, but I am only interested in bringing in the right people.
"We aren't going to make signings for the sake of it, just to get them in early.
"I'm really pleased with the two new additions of Tuncay and Jeremie Aliadiere, plus Jonathan Woodgate of course.
"They are quality players who have already made a big impact on their new team-mates, as I expected them to. The mood in the camp is very positive."