Boro agree deal to bring in van La Parra

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

MID­DLES­BROUGH hope to com­plete the sign­ing of Ra­jiv van La Parra in the next cou­ple of days, with the Hud­der­s­field Town mid­fielder hav­ing watched this win over Ip­swich Town from the di­rec­tors’ box at the River­side.

Van La Parra trav­elled to Teesside last week to agree the terms of a sea­son-long loan from Hud­der­s­field, with Boro keen to agree a clause that will en­able them to sign the 27-year-old per­ma­nently at the end of the cam­paign.

The Dutch­man, who is a half­brother of Liver­pool mid­fielder Ge­orginio Wij­nal­dum, will un­dergo a med­i­cal this week, but will not be el­i­gi­ble for the New Year’s Day game at Derby.

His ar­rival will help pro­vide some of the pace in a wide po­si­tion that Boro have lacked since the £18m sale of Adama Traore to Wolves in the sum­mer.

Mid­dles­brough man­ager Tony Pulis said: “It’s not done yet, but he’s an ex­cit­ing player who’s got pace. He adds to what we need.

“I don’t think there’s any ques­tion of his pedi­gree, he’s got pro­moted out of this league with Wolves and Hud­der­s­field.

“I spoke to Dean White­head, who was a good player for me at Stoke and is a great lad, and he’s given me a great rec­om­men­da­tion on him as a per­son, not just as a player.

“Danny Batth has played with him, Ge­orge Sav­ille has played with him, so he’s got de­cent pedi­gree and good pace. That’s what we want. How close is it? I don’t get in­volved in that.”

Jor­dan Hugill opened the scor­ing with a penalty in the first half, be­fore Mar­cus Tav­ernier set­tled things with 18 min­utes left.

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