NEIL Warnock has been a busy man since Middlesbrough returned to pre season training with three new signings brought into the club last week.

Winger Sammy Ameobi, striker Uche Ikpeazu and defender Lee Peltier all joined on permanent deals and have linked up with the squad for pre season.

The Boro boss was part of an extended interview with BBC Radio Tees Sport last Friday.

Warnock admitted that he was pleased with his latest acquisitions as they all come with their own unique stamp but he also stated how he’s still wanting to add more players to his squad.

The 72-year-old said: “There’s been all sorts happening.

“Although I’ve been at home we’ve worked really hard behind the scenes to get players in.

“I know the fans are always looking for star signings but I just look at what we’ve got.

“The financial situation at the club, you can’t expect us to splash all the money everywhere so we’ve got to get value for money.

“Sammy Ameobi, he’s one I’ve always thought ‘I wish I could get hold of him’ so he could be anything really and I do understand you’ve got to take a gamble on some of these.

“I’ve always thought when we’ve played against Sammy ‘I’ll be glad when he passes the ball and gets rid of it’ because he’s always going to do something.

“I’ve liked him since he was at Bolton.

“Obviously I’ve signed Uche (Ikpeazu). I can’t tell you his other name. I just call him big man on the training ground and he knows who I mean.

“I do like him. Yes he’s gangly and he’s not easy on the eye but he’s so determined. He’s such a great lad, so passionate.

“He had good offers from elsewhere I think. When I sorted him at out with Middlesbrough, he’s always wanted to come.

“He said he followed my teams at Cardiff and elsewhere. He knew what kind of club it was.

“I talk to people all over in our league. People like Sean Morrison (Cardiff defender), when I was talking to him a few weeks ago I asked him about strikers.

“Uche put him on the deck and did his knee first game against him and then he did his shoulder or his elbow in the second game and he was saying, he didn’t know I was going to sign him, and he said ‘flaming hell I wish we’d got him.

“I’ve signed Lee Peltier as well. I know that might shock a few people because he’s at the age he is but we need leaders in the dressing room.

“It’s alright when things are going well but you need one or two and he’s a good defender.

“He’s a proper defender, he plays both full back positions, both centre halves, he can play anchor midfield and he can come on anytime when we’ve got injuries. His contribution in the dressing room is invaluable.

“I had him and (Aron) Gunnarsson at Cardiff and they ran the show for me. In that promotion season, they were exemplary. It’s nice to get him in, I enjoyed watching him with the banter in training.

“I’m hoping to get at least four or five, definitely four before the season starts."