Southgate hopeful on Mido
Middlesbrough have agreed a fee with Tottenham for Egyptian striker Mido.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 13/08/07 8:07pm
Gareth Southgate remains hopeful of pushing through a deal for Tottenham striker Mido.
Middlesbrough struck an agreement with the player at the end of last week but his future was once again uncertain when Sunderland stepped in with an improved offer.
Spurs have had to reassess the situation but Boro chief executive Keith Lamb has held more talks with White Hart Lane officials and a fee has now been agreed.
Mido saw a move to Birmingham collapse earlier in the summer but Southgate believes Boro will soon secure the Egyptian.
"Negotiations are ongoing," Southgate said in The Gazette. "We are still very keen to do it. I think Mido is in the same mind.
"We thought that it was already done last week but there has been a little bit of a twist in it, and so discussions are carrying on."
Reaction to Rovers defeat
Boro opened their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 loss at home to Blackburn, but Southgate insists there were positives to be taken from the performance.
"The players were down at the end of the game because they were so frustrated to have lost," he explained.
"The most important thing is how they respond to the defeat.
"They didn't play badly. You can't always control results and it's the performance they have to build on.
"Expectations were high in the dressing room and they must continue to maintain self belief and take this into the games at Wigan and Fulham this week.
"We have two games that we are capable of winning this week, and that's our target."