Karanka counting on Abella

Last Updated: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:47

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is hopeful of being able to include Damia Abella in his team at Leeds on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Spaniard has been at the club's Rockliffe Park training headquarters for much of this week as he attempts to tie up a deal after being released by Osasuna.

Karanka is confident matters will be concluded on Friday in order for Abella to line up in the Sky Bet Championship at Elland Road, and is already turning his attention to formalising a season-long loan deal for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.

He told the Northern Echo: "Damia's signing should be done in time for Saturday, and if everything is done, I think he will have his chance.

"I would like to do a couple of changes again. The deal is practically done, it is just the last details we are going through now.

"Bamford is one of the names we are working on. The club knows the players who I want, and they are working on bringing them on their way."

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