Boro are left to concentrate on the Championship after they exited the FA Cup at the hands of Hull.
Nothing concrete has been confirmed yet, but he does expect Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo to sign soon.
"Jose and I are friends, so always since I have arrived here it has been talked about. I said to him 'listen, can I take Michael Essien'. Maybe not, but me and the club are working to take players," he said.
"I am happy (Omeruo) will come here to help us. I think that he will come until the end of the season."