Boro close on Martin

French midfielder set to sign

Martin: Set for move to The Riverside

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Middlesbrough have confirmed they are close to finalising a deal for French midfielder Malaury Martin.

The 22-year-old spent last season with Blackpool, but he failed to make a single appearance after picking up a serious injury in pre-season.

Now he is looking to kick-start his English career with Boro and has impressed during training.

"We're getting pretty close. We're looking at bringing him in on a one-year deal," said Boro boss Tony Mowbray.

"He's got talent, he's a young player who's trying to get his career back up and running after a bad injury.

"He can do a bit of everything, he could be a useful addition to our midfield.

"He can pass, tackle, defend and he has a great shot on him, so we'll try and utilise his talents as we move on depending on whether we can finalise the deal."