MIDDLESBROUGH chief executive Neil Bausor is currently in South America attempting to seal a deal for a couple of attacking targets, with Flamengo forward Rodrigo Muniz understood to be at the top of his wanted list.

Boro continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 defeat at York City last night, but while Warnock was at the LNER Stadium, Bausor won on the other side of the world discussing transfer deals.

The Boro chief is understood to have met with representatives of Muniz, a 20-year-old forward with Flamengo who is also interesting Fulham.

“I’ve watched a few players in the last few weeks, and we are looking,” said Warnock. “Neil has gone over (to South America) to talk to people about a couple of players. He’s met a couple of clubs regarding players over there – not (Martin) Payero, we’re looking at other strikers. There were two opportunities, and he’s doing his best to get us someone else on board.

“I don’t think Brazilians and Argentinians have a problem adapting to aggressive football. They’re born to do it. I haven’t got a problem with that. When we first spoke about it, I said, ‘Yeah, bring it on. It doesn’t bother me’. The only thing is, they’ll not get my jokes will they?”

Payero is due to play in Argentina’s final group game at the Olympics today, but while Warnock has spoken to the midfielder, who has been lined up for a move from Banfield, he has confirmed he is not yet officially a Middlesbrough player.

“He’s not (a Middlesbrough player) yet, not as far as I’m aware, although I think it is all done with regard to contracts,” said the Boro boss, who watched Uche Ikpeazu hobble off last night. “I think it’s financial things still to get sorted, although it’s all so complicated. I’ve spoken to the player, and he’s really looking forward to it. I can’t really do any more. I’ve done all I can do, it’s just a case of finalising things now.”