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SWANSEA CITY have stepped up their interest in Middlesbrough captain Matthew Bates after their own skipper Alan Tate was ruled out for most of the season after a freak golfing accident. The Swans have inquired about Bates after Tate suffered a broken leg when his golf buggy collided with a tree.

What is for sure is that Middlesbrough don’t have to sell. After a summer spent trying to balance the books, the departure of Leroy Lita – also to Swansea – earlier in the summer, steadied the finances on Teesside.

However, any deal for striker’s Lukas Jutkiewicz or Jason Scotland, from Coventry and Ipswich respectively, can only materialise if there is a casualty in Tony Mowbray’s squad.

Mowbray said: “The Lita money brought us on an even keel and at this point, we will probably have to sell in order to bring in new faces.

“Someone out of the door could maybe have to be a fans’ favourite. People will ask why, but there is always a reason.

“Maybe the price on the table is too good to turn down and we could use the money to bring in two or three players and sometimes it is worth losing one player if you can improve three areas on the pitch.”

Wolves have had an inquiry knocked back for striker Marvin Emnes as Scott McDonald’s injury, along with the departure of Lee Miller to Carlisle, leaves the former Holland under-21 star as Mowbray’s only fit striker.

Emnes has been red-hot so far this season, netting seven goals in as many games, and the Dutchman penned a new four-year contract at the Riverside earlier this month.

Mowbray added: “Marvin is exceptionally talented and everything we need at this football club.

“He’s got pace and creativity and can change a game in our favour at the drop of a hat.”