Boro close on Carayol

Winger set to leave

Mustapha Carayol: Set to leave Bristol Rovers for Middlesbrough

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Bristol Rovers have confirmed that they are close to agreeing a deal with Middlesbrough for Mustapha Carayol.

Boro have been on the trail of the 23-year-old Gambian-born winger for much of the summer.

Derby County, Barnsley and Leicester City have also been keen but Boro look to be firmly in pole position to seal his signature.

"We think we're very close to a deal with Middlesbrough, but it's not quite done yet," said Rovers chief Mark McGhee.

McGhee has been running the rule over German trialist Fabian Broghammer, who is seen is a likely replacement for Carayol.

Boro are hoping that they can confirm the signings of both Carayol and Doncaster's George Friend early this week.