Andraz Sporar provides Middlesbrough FC with a badly-needed goalscoring option

NEIL WARNOCK has voiced his relief after finally completing the signing of Slovenian international forward Andraz Sporar - who has provided Middlesbrough with another much-needed striking option.

Andraz Sporar who has joined Middlesbrough

Boro had been trailing the Sporting Lisbon marksman for the past few weeks and he has now finally sealed his move to Teesside on loan for the rest of the 2021-22 campaign.Sporar, 27, boasted an excellent goalscoring record and has scored 141 goals in over 300 career appearances.He was the top goalscorer for two successive seasons in the Slovakian top-flight and scored an outstanding 34 goals in 36 games with Slovan Bratislava, while also lifting the Slovak Super Liga title in 2019.A lack of goals was widely credited as the chief reason for Boro's inability to last the Championship play-off pace last term, with no player reaching double figures.The club's top-scorer was Duncan Watmore, who netted nine times after joining last Autumn.While Uche Ikpeazu and Matt Crooks have made impressive starts to their Boro careers, Warnock has consistently hammered home the need for more firepower and the arrival of Sporar should help increase the club's potency in the final third.On Sporar, linked with SPL giants Celtic in late 2019, Warnock said: “He was a player who was highlighted early in the summer.

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"We chased and persevered and we’ve got it over the line. He’ll be a more than useful addition to the squad. We’ve only got Uche and Josh (Coburn) so we’re delighted to get him.”Sporar is currently on international duty with Slovenia where he faces World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia, Malta, and Croatia before returning to join up with his new teammates ahead of the trip to Coventry City on Saturday week.Boro have also lined up a deadline-day loan move for Rennes midfielder James Lea-Siliki, according to reports in France.Meanwhile, young striker Ste Walker has joined Tranmere Rovers on loan.