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Middlesbrough sign Balogun

Middlesbrough still went ahead and signed a loan deal for Arsenal striker Flo Balogun, despite the fact that he had since contracted Covid.

The Championship had finalised the terms of the proposed deal which sees the highly rated forward join the Championship club on loan for the rest of the season last week, but then the move was delayed after he tested positive ahead of the Gunners match in the FA Cup against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, a game in which he was likely to have played some part.

The Teesside club have agreed to cover his wages in full during the time in the North-East and will also pay a fee to his agent.

It is intended that Balogun, who has excelled in under-23 football, but has struggled for first-team football, will get the chance to play regularly and will return to the Emirates in the summer ready to challenge for a place in Mikel Arteta’s squad for next season.

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