Everton midfielder Mo Besic has returned to promotion-chasers Middlesbrough on a season-long loan deal, the Teessiders have announced.
The 25-year-old, who made 15 appearances during the second half of last season as Boro reached the play-off semi-finals, completed his temporary move on Thursday as manager Tony Pulis finally got his man after lengthy negotiations.
A statement published on mfc.co.uk read: “The club are delighted to confirm the signing of Bosnia international Mo Besic from Everton on a season-long loan.
“Tony Pulis has made no secret of his admiration for the player and is delighted to secure his signature for the duration of the current season.”
Boro had hoped to push through a permanent transfer ahead of the August 9 deadline but, having failed in that mission, continued their pursuit amid competition from a series of rivals and have now got their reward.
Pulis had also hoped to persuade Besic’s team-mate Yannick Bolasie to head for the Riverside Stadium on loan, but he now believes the 29-year-old is to join Aston Villa instead.
However, it seems Pulis will bring in another winger, with reports suggesting the Teessiders are close to landing Huddersfield’s Rajiv van La Parra.
The Dutchman played a significant role in Town’s promotion to the Premier League, but has played an increasingly peripheral figure under David Wagner over the past 12 months.
The 27-year-old is expected to join Boro on an initial loan deal.