Middlesbrough's transfer patience on Ryan Giles amid Hull City pre-season update

Ryan Giles of Hull City
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Middlesbrough are needing to be patient in their pursuit of Ryan Giles this summer, with the left-back travelling to Turkey with the rest of the Hull City squad on Wednesday morning despite transfer speculation surrounding him.

Boro are interested in re-signing the left-back and there is growing resignation at Hull that he will leave the club this summer, having only just joined them from Luton Town as part of an obligation from January's loan move. On Tuesday, Hull owner Acun Ilicali said if Giles wants to move to the Riverside then he will 'let him go'.

The quotes were the clearest indication yet that Boro's summer-long hope of reuniting with Giles was on, after his superb loan spell on Teesside in the 2022-23 campaign. However, despite suggestions that a deal might be close, Boro are needing to be patient.

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The two clubs are believed to be in negotiations over the finances of a potential deal this summer, but Giles' place on the plane for Hull's pre-season training camp in Turkey suggests that nothing is close as far as an agreement is concerned. By contrast, Jacob Greaves and Jaden Philogene, who are both said to be closing in on Premier League moves to Ipswich Town, have not made the trip.

Hull were forced to sign Giles for £4 million this summer and went hard in the January transfer market in their pursuit of promotion to the Premier League but ultimately fell short. Their owner has admitted that things are tight as far as profit and sustainability regulations are concerned as they look to rebuild their squad now after a heavy reliance on loans.

The sales of Greaves and Philogene will help, but with much work still to do, and with Giles losing his place towards the end of last term, Boro have always believed that there is a deal to be done with Hull for the left-back. But amid plenty of talk, one thing Boro have always been clear on is that they are happy with the two left-back options they do have, and they won't overpay for Giles - which means they won't be matching the £4 million Hull were forced to pay this summer.

While the transfer is one that does feel increasingly likely to happen at some point in the summer, particularly after Ilicali's comments this week, Giles's trip with Hull to Turkey suggests that there is still some negotiating to do yet before an agreement is reached. Boro are happy to remain patient.