Middlesbroughs pursuit of Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has broken down, according to Sky sources. . Boro had agreed a fee of around £8m with the Bundesliga side, and the Serbia international visited the north Yorkshire clubs facilities earlier this month. Boro boss Aitor Karanka was hoping Subotic would travel to Spain to join up with his squad at their pre-season training camp in Marbella but that is not now expected to happen. Meanwhile, better news for Karanka is that Alvaro Negredo is likely to join up with the Boro squad later on Wednesday. Alvaro Negredo is expected to have his medical in Spain The Valencia striker has agreed a one-year loan deal with an option for Boro to buy next summer. The former Manchester City player is likely to have his medical with Middlesbrough doctors in Marbella. Also See: Pre-season friendlies recap Ramirez signs Boro contract Boro fixtures Boro stats . - Joao Plata scored twice in the final 24 minutes, including the winner in stoppage time, to help Real Salt Lake remain unbeaten with a 3-2 victory over the winless Chicago Fire on Saturday night. . The victory strengthened Liverpools position in the top four after Tottenham lost 1-0 at Norwich in the days late kickoff, cutting the north London club six points adrift of fourth place and the final Champions League slot for next season. .Y. -- The "for sale" sign is up at the Buffalo Bills with the hiring of financial and legal advisers who may begin talking with prospective buyers within the next month.Ray Emery will get the call in net for the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night when the team opens up its opening round Metropolitan Division playoff series in New York against the Rangers. Flyers coach Craig Berube announced on Wednesday that starter Steve Mason would be unavailable for the series opener. Mason incurred an upper-body injury last Saturday late in the second period in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins when he collided with Penguins forward Jayson MMegna. . The Flyers were hopeful that Mason would have been ready for Game 1. Emery is no stranger to the playoffs, backstopping the Ottawa Senators to a Stanley Cup appearance in 2007. The 31-year-old Emery last suited up in the postseason in 2011 as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. Thursday night will mark Emerys 50th playoff appearance. In 28 games this season, Emery posted a 9-12-2 record with 2.96 goals against average and a save percentage of .906. ' ' '