Report: Middlesbrough to complete deal for Espanyol's Christian Stuani in next 72 hours

Middlesbrough have been tracking Espanyol attacker Christian Stuani.

According to a report in Spanish paper AS, Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough are set to complete the transfer of Espanyol attacker Christian Stuani.

Boro boss Aitor Karanka has been actively looking at strengthening his forward line this summer following the loan termination of last season’s attacking duo Patrick Bamford and Jelle Vossen.

A recent report in Catalan paper Diario Sport said that Espanyol’s Uruguayan international Christian Stuani was pinpointed as a potential acquisition and a £2.9 million bid mooted.

Fresh reports now state the transfer saga has quickly moved on, with fees rather complicated due to the Spanish outfit only owning half of his transfer rights, Italian club Reggina owning the other 50%.

Nevertheless, AS says a deal has been agreed and the player will complete his transfer to the Riverside Stadium within the next 72 hours, subject to a medical examination.

What are Middlesbrough getting with Christian Stuani?

The 28-year-old attacker can play in a number of positions in the final third, though his ability to dominate in the air, link up with his midfielders and retain possession makes him an ideal centre-forward.

Capped 22 times by the 2011 Copa America winners Uruguay, Stauni has evident quality and knows where the back of the net is, firing in 12 La Liga goals in just 15 starts last season.

He would provide Aitor Karanka’s side with a focal point up front, a key role which could finally bring the best out of last summer’s big-money Spanish acquisition Kike.

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