Championship - Karanka: Chelsea players could come to Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has admitted the possibility of bringing some Chelsea youngsters to the club.

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Aitor Karanka had been tipped to take the reins at Crystal Palace before joining Middlesbrough

Boro are left to concentrate on the Championship after they exited the FA Cup at the hands of Hull.

His close relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who he worked as assistant to at Real Madrid, means he has been tipped to raid the club's youth ranks for loan signings.

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."

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