MIDDLESBROUGH have agreed a deal for Sam Morsy, and are set to complete the signing of the Wigan Athletic midfielder in the next 24 hours.

However, talks with former Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo have broken down and Neil Warnock is ready to look elsewhere in pursuit of a new striker.

After a series of discussions with the administrators running Wigan, Boro's recruitment team achieved a breakthrough late last night.

Morsy has agreed to move to Teesside, and is set to become Warnock's third summer signing.

While the Boro boss has travelled south ahead of this evening's Championship opener with Watford, Morsy's transfer is expected to progress without him in the next 24 hours.

The 29-year-old defensive midfielder was a key figure at Wigan last season as the Latics staged a remarkable revival in the second half of the campaign, only to drop into League One when they were unable to claw back their points penalty.

He won Wigan's Player of the Year award, having joined the Latics from Chesterfield in 2016.

As well as pursuing Morsy, Boro officials have spent the last couple of weeks in discussions with Sanogo, who is a free agent following his release from Toulouse.

The outline of a deal has been agreed, and at one stage, Sanogo was due to travel to the North-East to undergo a medical this week.

However, concerns have been raised over the 27-year-old's fitness levels, with Warnock not wanting to sign a striker who could take the best part of a month to get up to speed.

The Boro boss will loom elsewhere as he attempts to secure a replacement for Rudy Gestede, who left as a free agent earlier this summer.