Boro bring in forward
Middlesbrough have completed a deal to bring Nigeria international striker Bartholomew Ogbeche to the club on a short-term deal.
The forward has been without a club since his departure from Greek side Kavala in the summer.
Boro were impressed with the 27-year-old during a spell on trial with the club, during which time he scored twice for the reserves against Blackburn, those placing a free bet note.
Ogbeche has represented his country at senior level since 2002, and won eleven caps, scoring three times.
He started his career with Paris St Germain as a 17-year-old, before spending a short spell in the Emirates with Al-Jazira.
Since then he has enjoyed spells with several Spanish clubs, including Real Valladolid between 2007 and 2009.
Middlesbrough manager, Tony Mowbray has warned supporters, however, that although Ogbeche is a talented footballer who “knows where the back of the net is,” they club are certainly not signing the next Lionel Messi.
He said: “I don't want people to think we've signed Lionel Messi, but we've signed a footballer who has got a few assets.
“We saw enough talent to think, for nothing, at this stage of our season, we'll have a look and give him an opportunity.
“Whether or not he can break into the team we'll have to wait and see.”
Boro have enjoyed a mightily impressive start to their Championship campaign under Mowbray this season, and still remain undefeated.
But after four consecutive league draws, the former West Brom and Celtic manager is not resting on his laurels.
Those looking at free bets note how his side travel to The City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest tonight, although new signing Ogbeche appears unlikely to feature.
It should prove to be a fascinating encounter, as the Championship's meanest defence comes up against the division's joint leakiest, although new Forest manager, Steve Cotteril will be anticipating a reaction following his arrival at the club.
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