Middlesbrough assistant manager, Kevin Blackwell, appears to have distanced the club from a move for Rangers winger Jordan Jones, as quoted by the Teeside Gazette.
Jones is yet to feature for the Gers this season and has been linked with a move away from Ibrox throughout the summer.
In July, the Daily Record claimed the player had been told he could leave Glasgow with former club Middlesbrough one of several Championship sides allegedly showing interest.
While no offers appear to have landed as yet, earlier this week, The Scottish Sun claimed that Boro were considering swooping due to Rangers’ attractive asking price of just under £1 million.
Blackwell appeared to distance his club from a move, though, when specifically asked about Jones on Friday.
“There’s names thrown at us every week like you would not believe,” he said, as quoted by the Teeside Gazette. “I asked the gaffer [Neil Warnock] about one the other week. I said, ‘Did you know we’re reported to be in for him?’ And he said, ‘Who is he?’
“I leave the transfer stuff to the two Neils [Warnock and Bausor, the Boro chief executive] and the chairman [Steve Gibson].
“I’ve had it as a manager and I know how hard getting players over the line is, and that’s what made me go grey!”
Middlesbrough assistant appears to distance club from links to Rangers winger Jordan Jones – Verdict
Blackwell didn’t categorically deny interest in Jones but his comments here certainly suggest he doesn’t think a swoop is in the pipeline.
Given that he’s a Northern Ireland international, it would be a major surprise if Jones was the player Warnock hadn’t heard of.
However, the 25-year-old has been short of game time over the past 18 months and is only just back fit after an injury which ruled him out of Nations League action earlier this month.
Perhaps, at this stage, Boro see moving for Jones as too big a risk.