Warnock receives helping hand from Bolasie as Middlesbrough close in on transfer signing of Sporting striker Sporar

YANNICK BOLASIE appears to have helped old pal Neil Warnock secure the services of Sporting Lisbon striker Andraz Sporar for Middlesbrough.

The Slovenia striker, 27, is on Teesside to undergo a medical ahead of completing a loan move that will be turned permanent if the veteran boss secures a record ninth promotion.

Bolasie, who previously played under Warnock at Crystal Palace, reunited with him last term to spend the second half of the season at Boro.

And even though that has yet to turn into a longer-term contract, the 32-year-old appears to have put in a good word with his former Sporting teammate about life at the Riverside.

Speaking to Boropolis podcast, Bolasie said: “He messaged me a few days ago… great striker who’s movement is top notch, quality finisher in the box.

“[Boro are] Getting a genuine European pedigree striker in, he just needs the service.”

After extensive talks, Sun Sport understands that a deal has finally been agreed between the Portuguese giants and Boro on an initial season-long loan.

The move is bonus-related – and should be made permanent if the North East club make it to the Premier League.

His arrival will provide a huge boost to Warnock’s depleted attack with Duncan Watmore and Marcus Tavernier both currently injured.

The 6ft 1in star, who has four goals for his country, made his name in his homeland.

He then went on to enjoy spells in Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia before heading to Sporting in January last year – where Bolasie was on loan from Everton.

After struggling for action in LIsbon he headed out on loan to Braga for the second half of last season and scored three times in his 16 appearances.

Should everything be tied up in time, the attacker could make his debut in Saturday’s trip to Derby County.

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