MIDDLESBROUGH won't be making a move for midfielder Dylan Bahamboula and has returned to Oldham Athletic following a trial on Teesside. 

The 26-year-old has been closely watched by Boro and featured in Wednesday night's friendly win over Bishop Auckland. It's understood that Boro would have needed to pay in the region of £150,000 to secure a deal for Bahamboula. 

However, following a statement from Oldham, it seems like Bahamboula would find himself short of game time it he were to move to Teesside. 

Latics manager Keith Curle said: "We all know my relationship with Neil (Warnock) and the conversations never went any further than having a look at Dylan. 

"Dylan was invited to go up to Middlesbrough and they looked after him superbly well and made him very welcome which is a sign of an excellent football club.

"Dylan gave a very good account of himself but they just felt where they’re at now and how they want to get promoted, he wouldn't get the right amount of game time for his development and career.

"We know a number of clubs will continue to monitor Dylan's progress and he’s had the message he’s getting attention for what he’s doing on the pitch which is nice for any player.

"He was back in training with us today and will feature in our upcoming friendlies. Not being selected after a trial is not a disappointment for Dylan, it just wasn’t quite right at this particular moment in time.

"He’s full of energy and enjoyed seeing everyone again."

Boro are looking for options elsewhere with the club expected to complete a deal for Martin Payero after the Argentine midfielder completed a medical earlier this week.