MIDDLESBROUGH have not given up on securing an Everton double despite ending the summer transfer window disappointed on Thursday night.

Boro were left frustrated on deadline day when a £6m deal with the Toffees for Mo Besic broke down after a breakdown over the finer details of the transfer.

It is understood the fees that would have been due to the Besic camp caused the problem, so he remains an Everton player for now.

Middlesbrough had also hoped to persuade Yannick Bolasie, rated at £15m, to replace Adama Traore at the Riverside.

But Bolasie was reluctant to drop down to the Championship and hoped tentative interest from Crystal Palace or Burnley would have come to something.

Instead, though, he has also remained at Goodison Park and neither player are expected to form a big part of Marco Silva’s plans.

That is why Middlesbrough will try again to get the pair for the season before the deadline for Football League loans arrives at the end of this month.

Pulis outlined on Tuesday after watching his team defeat Sheffield United comprehensively that he was desperate for reinforcements for his squad following the sales of Patrick Bamford, Ben Gibson and Traore.

But Middlesbrough were unable to get any deals done, despite being armed with the £40m from those sales – even if the majority of that sum will arrive in instalments.

There has been plenty of work gone on behind the scenes to offer cash for a wide-range of players.

The reality is, though, that Middlesbrough have not been able to get anything else over the line before the window closed – having previously signed Aden Flint, Paddy McNair and Andy Lonergan.

Middlesbrough made substantial offers for Millwall duo Jed Wallace and George Saville. The Lions, however, refused to cash in on two of their prize assets and they had been demanding in excess of £10m for the duo.

There was also no joy in persuading Queens Park Rangers to cash in on midfielder Luke Freeman. Rangers knocked back a bid in the region of £3m from the Teessiders and then the focus turned elsewhere.

In fact the only piece of business that Middlesbrough concluded on deadline day was sanctioning the departure of goalkeeper Connor Ripley to Accrington on loan.

Pulis will be far from satisfied with the squad that he has at his disposal for this season, so he is already demanding loans are sealed swiftly.

Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo has been on the radar, while Aston Villa’s Albert Adomah is understood to have had contact through his advisors after a decision was taken not to enter fresh contract talks at Villa Park.

As things stand, though, Middlesbrough will certainly not want to be allowing any more players to leave, unless there is quick progress on the loan front ahead of Saturday’s visit of Birmingham.

Martin Braithwaite, Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher were three of the players the majority of Middlesbrough fans would have expected to depart this summer.

Instead they are now Pulis’ main attacking options, although Rudy Gestede will be available again in the not too distant future following injury.

Braithwaite has impressed in both of his appearances so far and started in both games, which has reminded clubs in France why they are interested in taking him back across the English Channel.

Bordeaux would prefer to have him back there and are looking to make a fresh attempt for his services while the French transfer window remains open.

He scored 14 times in Ligue 1 and that sort of form has led to him being sought after by numerous other clubs in that division.

Pulis hinted that Braithwaite would still like to go earlier this week and the former West Brom manager does not normally stand in a player’s way if that’s the case.

However, Braithwaite has shown what sort of impact he can make at Championship level and the Denmark World Cup international is a much-needed, versatile option in the final third.

The 27-year-old moved to Middlesbrough in a £9m deal last year and was then allowed to head to Bordeaux on loan on January following Pulis taking over on Teesside.

Ripley, 25, meanwhile, has dropped to League One on a season long loan.

The stopper has been at his hometown club since 2010 and spent six months of last season at Bury.