Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BORO LINE UP BART MAN; Mogga Close to Signing Striker Mowbray Lines Up Striker

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BORO LINE UP BART MAN; Mogga Close to Signing Striker Mowbray Lines Up Striker

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Byline: PHILIP TALLENTIRE

BORO were today set to sign Nigeria striker Bartholomew Ogbeche.

The 27-year-old former international has been training at Rockliffe Park with the first team squad for the past week and has done enough to convince Tony Mowbray offer him a short-term contract.

The Boro boss, however, is keen not to raise expectations, explaining that Ogbeche will provide cover for the first choice strikers.

Explaining the background to the deal, Mowbray said: "He's out of contract, he's somebody who's been here a few days, he's played a development game at Blackburn last week.

"If anything does get done we need to put it into context: he's a free transfer, an out-of-contract footballer who has not got a job.

"We have to put in the context that he would be here to help alongside what we've already got."

Ogbeche is expected to play in a behind-closed-doors development match for Boro tomorrow. He's a much-travelled player who started his career with Paris St Germain, where he was loaned out to Bastia and Metz.

After stints with three Spanish clubs in four year, he moved to Greek side Kavala last season before being released in the summer.

Mowbray revealed, meanwhile, that he was minded to give Alex Nimely a start against Millwall on Saturday before the loan signing from Manchester City suffered a groin strain in the second team game at Blackburn last Tuesday.

With Scott McDonald clearly struggling for goals and lacking confidence, it's likely he would have made way for Nimely.

Mowbray said: "Alex played at Blackburn, lasted 20 minute and came off with a tight groin.

"I had it in my mind to maybe give him a start on Saturday and yet he lasted 20 minutes in a reserve game so it wasn't right that he started because he might have had to come off early."

Boro were held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, which extended Boro's unbeaten Championship run from the start of the season to 11 games, a new club record. …

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