Middlesbrough are still ‘courting’ St Gallen goalkeeper Dejan Stojanović and may have to pay at least £1.1m to secure his signature.
The Championship side are on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this month after allowing Darren Randolph to return to West Ham.
Stojanović is a name they have been linked to, with St Gallen’s sports director Alian Sutter confirming they had received a bid.
They report that negotiations between the two clubs are ‘dragging on’ and that is either to do with a difference in valuation or that Middlesbrough were concerned the deal taking Randolph to West Ham would collapse.
The latter is no longer an issue, though, after Randolph completed his move so therefore it must be a case of asking price.
People close to the deal have revealed to FM that Middlesbrough ‘will be able’ to pay around CHF 1.5m for Stojanović, which is around £1.1m.
That is money St. Gallen would welcome, given that they reported a loss of over 5 million francs for the 2018/19 operating year.
It would also be their last chance to get money for a player whose contract expires in the summer.
Stojanović is aware of the interest from Middlesbrough and could be in for a bumper payday himself, with it claimed he could earn around 40,000 francs a month, which is around £31,000, or £7,000 a week.
The goalkeeper is refusing to comment on the rumours, and ultimately it will all rest with the head of sports Alain Sutter who has to ‘weigh up whether Stojanović’s exit is manageable’ this month.