Neil Warnock admitted defeat tonight in the race to sign Rodrigo Muniz – confirming that the Brazilian striker would not be coming to the Riverside Stadium this summer.

Speaking after Boro’s friendly win at Rotherham United tonight – where Fulham full back Marlon Fossey played the full ninety minutes as a trialist for the Millers – Warnock conceded that his interest in the 20 year-old forward was over. “It looks like it. I think it was Inter Milan, Fulham or Middlesbrough. I can’t believe he’s turned us down.

“He’s just a different type of player, he’s got energy, pace. Still a bit of a gamble but [chairman] Steve [Gibson] wanted to gamble with that age group and we are disappointed as a lot of work went into it. “It’s left us a bit short. We have missed out on one or two players because we’ve waited so it’s been a difficult period but I’m sure we’ll come up with something.”

Brazilian reports this afternoon claimed that Muniz was poised to take a medical ahead of a proposed £6.8m move to Craven Cottage after the Whites moved ahead of their Championship rivals in the race to sign the Brazilian title winner. Marco Silva had made Muniz his top summer target and Fulham chief executive Alistair Mackintosh’s personal intervention in the negotiations had broken an impasse.

Fulham face Middlesbrough in their Championship opener at the Cottage on Sunday 8 August.