Southgate waits for striker
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has played down a link to Mido.Gareth Southgate has played down a link to Mido as the Middlesbrough manager waits to learn of Alan Smith's availability.
Boro are hoping to sign another striker, with the club already having bid for Manchester United front man Smith this summer.
The England international is tipped to leave Old Trafford in the coming weeks and Southgate is waiting for the champions to return from their pre-season trip to Asia.
"He's a player that if he's available we would be interested in," Southgate told the club's official website.
"We've been in touch with Manchester United, who've been away in Asia, and he has wanted to stay and fight for his place which is completely understandable.
"But any player who can improve the team is on our radar."
Tottenham forward Mido, whose move to Birmingham has stalled due to several issues, has also been linked with Boro, although Southgate did not confirm an interest in the Egyptian.
He added: "I think the fact is we're going to be linked to pretty much everybody, as are any number of clubs.
"We're looking to strengthen and if we feel there are deals to be done that will make us better at a price that's sensible we will go for them. But there's been no movement."