Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Harold Moukoudi from AS Saint Etienne.
The defender arrives on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old Cameroon international is highly-rated by the French side after arriving at the club last summer but the decision has been made to allow him more first team football.
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Jonathan Woodgate has made no secret of his desire to bring in a defender before the end of the transfer window and described the signing of Moukoudi as ‘a coup’.
Speaking to the Middlesbrough website, Woodgate said: “We’re delighted to bring Harold in to the club. He’s a player we’ve been keeping an eye on and it’s a real coup that we’ve been able to bring him here.
“He’s a unit of a defender, a real big, strong lad, and he’s a quality player. He’s still young, but he has plenty of experience, having played in the top division in France, in the Europa League, and also for Cameroon.
“He’ll be a very important addition to our squad and will really increase the competition we have for places.”
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Middlesbrough will be thrilled to sign a player of the calibre of Harold Moukoudi.
The Teessiders have made no secret of their desire to add a defender to the ranks this month with injuries to George Friend, Ryan Shotton and Daniel Ayala limiting the options available.
Moukoudi is certainly highly-rated after reportedly being linked with a host of other clubs, and the hope will be that he can show his quality at the Riverside Stadium.
It will also be a big relief to get the deal done with time to spare on the 11pm deadline.