Aitor Karanka: 'Middlesbrough holding transfer talks with Premier League clubs'

Real Madrid's assistant coach Aitor Karanka attends a press conference after a training session at Real Madrid sport city on December 9, 2011
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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says that he is in talks with several Premier League sides with a view to bringing in new players.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has revealed that the club are in talks with several Premier League outfits with a view to recruiting new players.

The Boro boss has maintained close ties with Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho since working with him at Real Madrid, but has also held discussions with other top-flight teams.

"We are working until the last day [of the transfer window] because at the minute we haven't got the squad we want, but I'm happy with the performances of the players I have now," Karanka told the Evening Gazette.

"We are working not just with Chelsea, but with other big teams in the Premier League. Our link with Chelsea is good because everyone knows my relationship with Jose, but it's not just with him.

"I would like to finish [transfer business] before the deadline but sometimes you have to wait until the last second. I want to finish this transfer window with all the players I wanted two or three months ago. If we do that I'll be very happy."

Karanka recently expressed interest in taking Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford out on loan.

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