Boro bring in Bikey

Mowbray signs Cameroon defender on free transfer

Andre Bikey: Joining Middlesbrough on a one-year deal after impressing in training

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Middlesbrough have signed Cameroon international defender Andre Bikey on a one-year contract with the option of a further year.

The 27-year-old was a free agent after being released by Burnley at the end of last season.

Bikey, whose family name is Bikey-Amougou, moved to England from Lokomotiv Moscow when he joined Reading, initially on loan, in 2006.

He played in the Premier League for both the Royals and Burnley and also had a brief spell on loan with Bristol City at the end of last season.

Bikey, who has been training with Boro, has done enough to win a contract at the Riverside as Tony Mowbray looks to bring in cover for the injured Rhys Williams.

Bikey has set his sights on helping Mowbray's men secure promotion back to the top-flight after putting pen to paper at the Riverside.

Ambition

"I'm excited about the chance of helping Middlesbrough get back into the Premier League," Bikey told the club's official website.

"The club just missed out on the play-offs last season and I can sense the ambition to go one better this year."

Boro manager Mowbray was happy with the addition of Bikey to his squad.

"Andre is a player I have liked for a long time," noted Mowbray. "He is a different type of centre-half to what we have got.

"He is a very powerful defender who has real physicality and he also has good technical ability."