Championship - Middlesbrough sign Chelsea's Omeruo

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has used his contacts with Jose Mourinho to good effect to land Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo on loan for the rest of the season.

Championship - Middlesbrough sign Chelsea's Omeruo

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SOUTH AFRICA, Nelspruit : Zambia's midfielder Christopher Katongo (C) vies with Nigeria's defender Elderson Echiejile (L) and defender Kenneth Omeruo during their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group A football match on January 25, 2013

The 20-year-old will arrive on Teesside on Tuesday after being recommended to the Spaniard by the man under whom he worked at Real Madrid.

Karanka told the Evening Gazette: "Kenneth's a defender from Chelsea. I know him, Jose told me about him and told me he's a good player to have.

"We have been working on a deal and he will be with us on Tuesday and staying for the rest of the season.

"He's a strong defender and we need to improve at the back and we need a strong defender. Kenneth is a strong player a very good player, he can play at centre-back and right-back.

"We are looking for many positions, but we need to be very smart with the players that come here because I'm very happy with my squad."

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