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Swansea are set to sign Marvin Emnes on loan from Middlesbrough, Press Association Sport understands.
The 25-year-old Dutchman had one-month spell with the Swans three seasons ago, making himself a fans' favourite by scoring the winner in a south Wales derby win over Cardiff.
Swansea have tried to bring the striker back to the Liberty Stadium on several occasions since, and they look to have succeeded on his occasion with moves for Tom Ince, Anthony Pilkington and Nacer Chadli having failed to come to fruition.
The deal will see Emnes, who has scored just once for Boro this term, make the move to south Wales until the end of the season.
Hartlepool have bolstered their squad with the loan signings of Jack Barmby and Luke Williams.
Midfielder Barmby, who is the offspring of the former England forward Nick, arrives from Manchester United, whereas Williams has made the shorter move from Middlesbrough.
Former Middlesbrough, West Ham and Ajax striker Mido has been named as the new manager of Zamalek in his homeland of Egypt.
The 30-year-old ex-Spurs man has replaced Helmi Toulan at the club where he started his career.
Championship side Middlesbrough have brought in Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given on loan for one month.
The Irishman has been signed to cover the loss of first Jason Steele who misses the next three matches due to suspension.