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Everton's Besic returns to Middlesbrough on loan

Mo Besic returns to Middlesbrough for a second loan spell. Credit: PA

Everton midfielder Mo Besic has returned to Sky Bet Championship club 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.

Burnley sign Ben Gibson for joint club record fee

The fee for Ben Gibson is reportedly for a joint club record. Credit: PA

Burnley have signed defender Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough for a joint club record fee of £15million.

Gibson, 25, has signed a four-year deal at Turf Moor and will compete with established pairing Ben Mee and James Tarkowski for a place in the back four.

The centre-back has played one season in the Premier League and was called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate in March 2017.

Middlesbrough appoint Tony Pulis as new boss

Tony Pulis was sacked by West Brom and replaced by Alan Pardew. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have appointed Tony Pulis as manager following the departure of Garry Monk.

The Sky Bet Championship club parted company with Monk on Saturday after the 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday left them ninth in the table.

Pulis has been out of work since November when he left Premier League strugglers West Brom, but the Teesside club have now announced he will be the man they hope can lead them to promotion.

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Ravanelli wants to return to Middlesbrough as manager

Ravanelli is up for management at Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

Fabrizio Ravanelli wants to become Middlesbrough's next manager and has asked chairman Steve Gibson to call him.

Gibson has yet to decide who will be in charge at the Riverside next season following Middlesbrough's relegation from the Premier League.

Steve Agnew, who was appointed interim head coach after Aitor Karanka's departure in March, has held discussions with Gibson about next season but speculation persists that Garry Monk or Nigel Pearson could be appointed.

But former Boro favourite Ravanelli believes he is the man to lead what he says has the potential to be a top-10 club in England.

"I was very disappointed to see Middlesbrough relegated, for the club, for the fans, for everybody," Ravanelli told Press Association Sport.

"But now it is important to start again. The club must show a lot of ambition because Middlesbrough has the potential to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League.

"I would love the opportunity to arrive for me to get the manager's job at Middlesbrough.

"If Steve Gibson called me, no problem. That would be good.

"The Championship is a good league with a lot of quality teams."

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