Report: Mustapha Carayol to sign new contract extension despite Nottingham Forest interest

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Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol will reportedly sign a new contract with the club.

According to the Daily Mail, Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol is close to signing a new contract extension with the club.

Carayol, 26, impressed in the lower leagues with Torquay United, Lincoln City and Bristol Rovers before earning a move to the Riverside Stadium in 2012.

The Gambian, who possesses superb pace, has not played for Boro all season, and he has now been farmed out on loan to Championship rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

Carayol joined the Seagulls less than a week ago, and his move arrived hot on the heels of speculation surrounding a possible move to Nottingham Forest.

Forest missed out on a deal to take Carayol to the City Ground, with manager Dougie Freedman desperately seeking attacking reinforcements following a season-ending injury to star striker Britt Assombalonga - but Boro were happy to send him off to Brighton instead.

Whilst many would have thought Carayol's career with Boro was over considering his lack of first-team football under manager Aitor Karanka, the Daily Mail believe that isn't the case.

They are today reporting that Carayol is now close to signing a new two-and-a-half year contract to stay in the North East - despite being linked with a move away and then being loaned out.

It's a surprise turn of events, and again means Forest won't be able to bring Carayol to the City Ground if they had any lingering interest this summer.

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