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Middlesbrough to sign Fulham defender on loan

Fernando Amorebieta is set for Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta is set to join Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.

A deal to take the former Athletic Bilbao man to the Riverside has been agreed and will be confirmed once he returns from international duty.

Amorebieta has previously worked with Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, when the two were on the playing staff at San Mames in the mid-2000s.

James Husband will head the other way as part of the deal.

Sheffield Wednesday dent Middlesbrough promotion hopes

Will Keane, centre, got the second. Credit: PA

Atdhe Nuhiu bagged his fourth goal in three games against Middlesbrough to help Sheffield Wednesday to a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship victory at Hillsborough.

The Austrian striker, who scored twice at the Riverside earlier in the season and the winner in the home game against Boro last year, converted a 52nd-minute penalty to open the scoring.

On-loan Manchester United striker Will Keane headed in the second three minutes later to seal the points and inflict a second defeat in three games on Wednesday's high-flying opponents.


Karanka: Blackpool lack respect for fans

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has hit out at Blackpool for their state of their Bloomfield Road pitch.

The Basque saw his side win 2-1 at Blackpool on Tuesday night, but was highly critical of the playing surface, blaming it for two injuries.

Aitor Karanka was not happy. Credit: PA

“It’s unbelievable, the pitch wasn't good enough and it’s a lack of respect for everyone who pays to come,” Karanka explained.

“It’s a lack of respect to the Middlesbrough fans who travelled, to those others who travel here, and more so to the home fans who come here regularly to watch football and want to be entertained.

“I said I was concerned with injuries and there were two, Dani Ayala and one of their players. They all have problems with their backs or legs.

“I can’t understand why a pitch like this is allowed in the Championship.”

Blackpool's pitch is shocking. Credit: PA

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Bamford: Karanka a lot like Chelsea boss Mourinho

Striker Patrick Bamford believes Aitor Karanka is similar in style to his Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Bamford, who scored in the 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday, is currently working under the Basque boss at Middlesbrough, where he is on loan from Chelsea.

Karanka was formerly Mourinho's assistant at Real Madrid, before both men left the Spanish capital in 2013.

Aitor Karanka, left, and Jose Mourinho, right, worked together at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

"Training is very similar and the big thing is the desire to win. You could see that on Saturday - the passion, every detail is in there.

"He doesn't miss out a thing and he is very rigorous with his approach to every single game, whether it is Manchester City or whoever else we might play.

"Even if it was a lower-league team in the cup, it would be the same approach. It is all about winning."


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Woman, 73, bitten by police dog 'very poorly' in hospital

A 73-year-old woman has been bitten by a German Shepherd police dog that was searching her garden for a suspect. The pensioner is said to be "very poorly" in hospital after she suffered a number of bites to her body in the attack at 9.30pm yesterday at her home in Penrith Road, Middlesbrough.

Police outside of woman's home in Middlesbrough. Credit: ITV News

Neighbour Ray Wood, 67, said: "There needs to be an inquiry into what happened here, it is horrifying. I'm really concerned that Irene may not come back out of hospital after something like this. She was already very frail and ill." Officers had been given consent to carry out the search when she was injured, Cleveland Police said.

Car crashes into family home

A stolen Land Rover Freelander crashed through the window of a family home in Middlesbrough, hurling a nine-year-old child across the room.

The red four-by-four vehicle smashed through the front of the semi-detached house, throwing the child from the sofa to the floor. The youngster was uninjured but treated for shock at the scene.

Substantial damage was caused to the property during the incident in the Netherfields area of the town last night.

Police said the car had been reported as stolen and that two men were seen running from the scene after the crash.

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