Karanka targets striking boost

Boro boss Aitor Karanka. Picture by Frank Reid

Boro boss Aitor Karanka. Picture by Frank Reid

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MIDDLESBROUGH are likely to bolster their forward ranks by the time the January transfer window ends tonight.

Aitor Karanka, the Boro manager, has spoken of his wish and his semi-expectation that a deal to bring in a striker for the latter part of the Championship season.

Danny Graham has been heavily linked, a year after choosing Sunderland over his former team, whilst West Brom attacker Graham Dorrans is also a possibility.

“I think everyone knows how important it to buy another striker now and the club is working on it,” Karanka updated on the eve of the short trip to Doncaster tomorrow (kick off 3pm) where 4,000 away fans will support the Teessiders.

“We have a day to sign another player but we need to forget that because we have an important game against Doncaster tomorrow.

“We will have 11 players who want to win.

“We are working hard and as soon as possible we can take another striker with us.”

Boro’s hierarchy have worked tirelessly throughout the month to both trim the squad size and add quality to it, but so far it has been outgoings that have frequented the revolving door.

The Spanish boss’s job is to work with what he has at his disposal and ensure that his players don’t slack in the standards required.

“We are losing our intensity, our style,” he rued.

“The past two weeks we are training with 25 players and it is difficult to train with that number, 20 is better.

“We need to recover the style I want and win again.

“We lost in Blackpool and the past was not good, it doesn’t act on the present,” he commented in relation to Boro’s strong record against Donny.

“Obviously you can be more comfortable at a certain place but if we go there thinking it will be easy we will be wrong.”

On-loan Chelsea players Kenneth Omeruo and Nathaniel Chalobah could be set to feature against Paul Dickov’s team, but Kei Kamara will have to be content with another substitute appearance.

“Kenneth is fit and training very well and is ready to play,” he said.

“Nathaniel is ready to play, training very well and will be playing soon.”