Mowbray: We escaped transfer-window vultures
Published 22:29 31/01/12 By Simon Bird
Tony Mowbray reckons he won his first battle in Boro's bid for promotion - keeping his squad together.
Classy Australian international Rhys Williams was the subject of £6million interest from Bolton, but Mowbray denied that any official bid had been put to him.
That was a boost to his promotion hopes, and the Boro boss said: "There have been no bids in and I welcome that, he's been integral to what we're trying to achieve here.
"We have tried to throw a blanket over all of it. I could understand the Rhys and Bolton connection - Owen [Coyle] had him at Burnley for a season and knows what a talent he is.
"He's a few years older now and has done fantastically well for us in several positions. We need him in our team.
"You always have to balance the books and juggle the balls but it's key for us that we don't lose the players who are impacting on the team week in, week out.
"It amazes me that people leave their business to the last minute of the last day. People might ask about our players but it's very unlikely we're going to do anything - what's the point in having money if you can't spend it?"
Mowbray is ready to take a gamble on England Under-21 star Jason Steele to solve his goalkeeper crisis.
Boro saw Danny Coyne limp off in the second half against Sunderland with a calf injury, with only teenager Connor Ripley to call on.
But Steele will declare himself fit to face Leicester tonight after two days of low key training.
Mowbray said: "Jason had his gloves on today and yesterday, although he didn't join in with the squad. He's desperate to join in and there's a fair chance we'll take a chance on him on Wednesday.
"He's not 100 per cent fit and yet he's been told the injury isn't something that could deteriorate unless he gets another bad knock on it and he's just managing the pain at the moment.
"We'll wait and see if there's a reaction after the two days of handling he's had. Between the player, the head physio and myself, we'll make a decision on what we think is right for Jason."