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Middlesbrough secure vital late win at Bolton

Jordan Rhodes got the goals. Credit: PA

Jordan Rhodes' stoppage-time winner gave Sky Bet Championship leaders Middlesbrough their sixth straight victory as they beat already-relegated Bolton 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.

Boro were trailing to the club propping up the division when Josh Vela scored but after Rhodes levelled in the 73rd minute, Boro mustered another late winner for the second time in five days, this time through their £9million striker.

Middlesbrough turn manager away from training

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka looks to be heading for the exit after a failed attempt to smooth over a bust-up.

Press Association Sport understands the Spaniard reported for duty on Saturday morning ready to take training ahead of Sunday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Charlton, a day after walking out following a stormy meeting with his players.

Aitor Karanka is on his way out. Credit: PA

Sources close to Karanka, who has previously found himself at odds with former assistant Craig Hignett and midfielder Albert Adomah during his 28-month reign, claim he arrived ready to apologise for his part in the disagreement and smooth things over.

However, he did not lead training and the club later released a statement confirming he will not be in charge of the team at the Valley.

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Middlesbrough confirm Karanka absence

Aitor Karanka is absent. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have confirmed manager Aitor Karanka did not take training on Saturday morning ahead of their trip to Charlton on Sunday.

The Spaniard reportedly walked out of a team meeting on Friday saying he no longer wanted to manage the players.

Middlesbrough Football Club can confirm that Aitor Karanka did not take training on Saturday morning.

Assistant Head Coach Steve Agnew will take charge of the team for Sunday’s fixture at Charlton Athletic.

We appreciate supporters will want to know further details, but at this time the club cannot make any further comment and is solely focused on Sunday's game at The Valley.

– Middlesbrough statement

Middlesbrough pull out of deal for Blackburn star

Jordan Rhodes wanted too much, it would seem. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have confirmed a proposed move for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes has collapsed over personal terms.

Aitor Karanka's Sky Bet Championship side had a reported £11million bid for Rovers' Scotland international accepted on Friday night and he was left out of Paul Lambert's squad at Oxford on Saturday.

However, the move has hit the rocks following discussions between Boro and Rhodes.

A short club statement posted on Middlesbrough's official website read: "The club can confirm that we have held talks with Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes over the weekend but have failed to agree terms."

Middlesbrough snap up Southampton attacker

Gaston Ramirez is off to the Riverside. Credit: PA

Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough have brought in Gaston Ramirez on loan from Southampton for the rest of the season.

The Uruguayan moved to the Premier League in 2012 for £12million but failed to make an impact at St Mary's.

Last season the skillful playmaker had a spell on loan at Hull but once again struggled.

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Middlesbrough set to sign Athletic Bilbao striker

Kike Sola can't get near the Athletic team Credit: PA

Championship side Middlesbrough are set to sign Spanish striker Kike Sola on loan for the rest of the season from Athletic Bilbao.

The former Osasuna man is out of favour at the San Mames and has only appeared five times in the league this season, without scoring a single goal.

Middlesbrough sign Man City midfielder on loan

Bruno Zuculini has never played a competitive game for City. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has strengthened his midfield options with the loan signing of Bruno Zuculini from Manchester City.

Zuculini, an Argentina Under-20 international, has put pen to paper on a month-long deal with the Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls.

With Adam Forshaw out injured and Grant Leadbitter and Adam Clayton both just one yellow card away from suspension, Karanka has moved to add cover in the middle of the park.

Zuculini began his career in his homeland with Racing Club before joining City in the summer of 2014.

Preston and Middlebrough play out fiery goalless draw

There were a few tasty tackles flying in. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough's mission to go one better and achieve promotion from the Championship this term started with a 0-0 stalemate at newly-promoted Preston.

Boro were in competitive action for the first time since a 2-0 loss to Norwich in the play-off final and there was little evidence on this showing that Aitor Karanka's men, now shorn of striker Patrick Bamford, are better equipped to reach the top table this time around.

Aside from a Grant Leadbitter effort which flew narrowly wide and Albert Adomah almost stealing in twice in the second period, they failed to carry much attacking threat in the first game since Karanka signed a new four-year deal this week.

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