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Southgate not looking for big names at Middlesbrough

Gareth Southgate will steer away from making spectacular signings just for the sake of it as he attempts to rebuild for the new season.

Twelve months ago, Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson promised to target big names which would make the people of Teesside and further afield sit up and take notice.

Gibson backed his manager with hard cash in the transfer market both during the summer an in January as he funded big money moves for Mido, Gary O'Neil and club record signing Afonso Alves, as well as snapping up Jeremie Aliadiere and Tuncay Sanli.

He said: "I have not discussed the absolute finances of it because I know if it is the right thing for the club, the chairman will always try to fund it.

"We have got a considerable reduction in the wage bill with Gaizka Mendieta and Fabio Rochemback going, so that does help the situation of the club.

"In terms of there being spectacular signings, I am not sure that's what we need.

"That's what we have always tried to do as a club, but I am not sure that is what we should be trying to do.

"It's exciting for the supporters, at times, to see a name come in, but in the long-term, is it productive?

"From my perspective, it doesn't have to be spectacular - but I understand why there is an inclination to look that way."

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