Middlesbrough plotting late transfer swoop for Frank Onyeka

Championship side Middlesbrough are hoping to sign Frank Onyeka on loan from Brentford ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

The 24-year-old joined the Bees from Danish outfit Midtjylland last year in what was a relatively big-money deal at the time, with Onyeka going on to make 20 appearances for the Londoners as they comfortably survived in the Premier League.

With the Nigerian struggling to establish himself as a regular for Thomas Frank, a summer move could be on the cards and Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas has confirmed that Boro are exploring a loan move for the player.

Chris Wilder is keen to strengthen his squad in the coming days, with the Teesside team having had an underwhelming start to the season, even if they did pick up a valuable three points over Swansea City last time out.

Onyeka would provide further competition and quality in the middle of the park, with the likes of Jonny Howson, Alex Mowatt, Riley McGree and Matt Crooks the other options available to the boss.

The Super Eagles midfielder has made just one substitute appearance this term in the Premier League. He has featured 20 times in the competition since he joined last summer and has neither scored nor bag an assist.

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