Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boro Will Be Beefed Up for Blues, Says Karanka

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boro Will Be Beefed Up for Blues, Says Karanka

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MIDDLESBROUGH 0 VILLAREAL 2 MIDDLESBROUGH boss Aitor Karanka will beef up his squad with several new faces before the big kick-off next Saturday.

"I expect to have some more players for the next match," said Karanka. "We are very busy working hard to bring the players we want and I hope it will be soon."

The Teessiders start their Championship campaign at home to Birmingham after finishing their preseason with a 2-0 home defeat to Spanish side Villarreal.

But Karanka believes he will have a far stronger side to pick from for the visit of Lee Clark's City side than he did for the loss to the side that finished sixth in La Liga last year.

The boss brought in Spanish right winger Emilio Nsue from Real Mallorca and PS500,000 left-back James Husband from Doncaster last week - both made home debuts in the defeat to Villarreal - and he hopes the coming days will be equally productive. Karanka wants a right-back, another striker to work alongside PS2.8m summer signing Enrique 'Kike' Garcia and a midfielder - and believes Boro are close to securing them.

Boro chiefs are reportedly in talks with Aston Villa defender Matt Lowton over a season long loan and are engaged in brinkmanship with Gent over PS4m-rated Belgian striker Jelle Vossen.

And they are also in discussions with Chelsea hoping to borrow striker Patrick Bamford and midfielder George Saville as well as Nigerian World Cup defender Kenneth Omeruo, who has returned to the Riverside for a second loan spell.

"I think some more players will arrive this week," said confident Karanka.

"The club is working well and I prefer to wait one more week to get the right players instead of getting the wrong players now.

"We know we need better players and we believe we can get them." Boro had won their previous four friendlies but after away trips to Rochdale and Hartlepool last week, Villarreal were a massive step up in quality. …

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