Middlesbrough set to sign Nsue

The Championship club are close to sealing a move for the former Mallorca utility man, who was linked with Arsenal in 2010 as he impressed in the Spanish youth ranks

By William Joyce

Middlesbrough are set to complete a deal to sign former Mallorca utility man Emilio Nsue, Goal understands.

The 24-year-old, who began his career as a forward but has since been converted to right-back, has quit his contract with the Spanish side after a disappointing 17th-place finish in the second tier last season.

Boro are in desperate need of a right-back and have failed to land top target Juanfran, of Real Betis, who boss Aitor Karanka worked with at Real Madrid.

Now they look to have won the chase to land Nsue after the player travelled to England for talks. The former Spain youth international, who now represents Equatorial Guinea at senior level, was linked with a move to Arsenal in 2010.

Karanka is aware of Nsue from his time as a coach within the Spanish youth ranks, where he also worked with new signings Kike and Tomas Meijas.

Middlesbrough have further bolstered their defence by bringing back Chelsea youngster Kenneth Omeruo, who starred for Nigeria at the World Cup, on loan for another season.