Boro close on Folan deal

Hull City's Irish striker set for loan

Folan: On his way

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Middlesbrough are understood to have struck a deal for Caleb Folan but are delaying the move.

Republic of Ireland international Folan will join Boro on an initial three-month loan with a view to a permanent deal.

However, Boro would ideally like to use Folan against Newcastle on 19th December, so they are not going to finalise the move until this Friday.

"We talked long and hard over the last two weeks over who we would let go," said Hull boss Phil Brown.

"We always look to make decisions with a view to progress and as a result, we've allowed Caleb to talk with Middlesbrough.

"We've always been looking for someone to finish off the work of a more and more promising squad and now more than ever, there are a lot of players on the front line competing for places.

"Caleb didn't score in his four games and didn't really look like scoring either.

"But you're always getting pictures of every individual when they come into work, not just in a game situation."