Mow beats off big­ger clubs to sign Josh

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUGUST 23 - By FRANK MCCAULEY

MID­DLES­BROUGH boss Tony Mow­bray has re­vealed he beat off Premier League ri­vals to land loan sign­ing Josh McEachran.

The mid­fielder, 19, com­pleted a sea­son-long switch from Chelsea to the Riverside Sta­dium on Mon­day and went straight into the squad for the Cham­pi­onship clash with Burn­ley.

Mow­bray said “The com­pe­ti­tion was quite stiff, not just from the Cham­pi­onship, but Premier League clubs also wanted to take him on board.

“The boy felt he needed to come and play some football and we will give him the plat­form to do that if his per­for­mance lev­els war­rant it.

“I’ve spo­ken to a few of the Chelsea staff and they ap­pre­ci­ate the way we like to play and the rep­u­ta­tion we have – and I think that helped our cause.

“He went on loan to Swansea last sea­son and didn’t play, for what­ever rea­son.

“Hope­fully, we can find the right en­v­i­ron- ment for him to come here and im­pact on our team and help us.”

CREWE have signed Manch­ester City striker Harry Bunn on a six­month loan deal.

The 19-year-old is yet to make his first-team de­but for the Premier League cham­pi­ons, but has a pro­lific scor­ing record for City’s youth and re­serve teams and en­joyed spells with Rochdale, Pre­ston and Old­ham last sea­son.

CARLISLE have been rocked by the news that striker Lee Miller could be out for a month.

The 28-year-old picked up an an­kle in­jury in Satur­day’s 1-1 draw with Steve­nage.

WANTED: McEachran

PRO­LIFIC: Bunn

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