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Swansea fail to meet Middlesbrough’s price for Matthew Bates

Swansea drop out of Matthew Bates deal
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Swansea refuse to meet Middlesbrough's asking price for captain Matthew Bates.

Swansea City have dropped out of the running to sign Matthew Bates after the club refused to meet Middlesbrough’s asking price for the defender.

The Swans were prepared to pay £1m for the 24-year-old but have been unable to come to an agreement with the Championship side, according to Sky Sports News.

Despite Boro’s eagerness to keep the centre-back, boss Tony Mowbray has admitted that he may be resigned to losing his captain.

"Matthew is from a different timescale in terms of salary and sometimes, when players are running out of contract, we have to listen to offers," said Mowbray.

"If anything happens and that does go through, that will release some funds and we'll utilise the money in different areas of the pitch. I've said all along there may be outs to create ins.

"Matthew's got to get ready for Sunday now and if anything happens between now and then, fine.”

Middlesbrough face former Premier League side Birmingham City at the Riverside on Sunday.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Middlesbrough13742167925
2Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd138142215725
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1373331181324
4Leeds UnitedLeeds1365223111223
5Derby CountyDerby136341714321
6Norwich CityNorwich136341716121
7Blackburn RoversBlackburn135621616021
8Wigan AthleticWigan136251516-120
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest134721815319
10Bristol City135441714319
11Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds135442020019
12Brentford134632015518
13Aston Villa134632120118
14Birmingham CityBirmingham133821412217
15Swansea CitySwansea134541210217
16Queens Park RangersQPR135261119-817
17Stoke CityStoke134451719-216
18Bolton WanderersBolton134451116-516
19Reading133371821-312
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham133371020-1012
21Preston North EndPreston132471925-610
22Millwall132471422-810
23Hull City132381120-99
24Ipswich TownIpswich131661120-99

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