Boro close in on striker

  • Last Updated: June 29 2012, 14:54 BST

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray revealed he is close to completing a deal for striker Emanuel Ledesma.

Emanuel Ledesma: Mowbray hopeful of signing striker

The 24-year-old began his senior career with Genoa in Italy and enjoyed a loan spell with QPR before spending last season at Walsall, but is now a free agent and Mowbray believes he would offer something different to his current attacking options.

Emmanuel Ledesma

11. Emmanuel Ledesma

Title Number
Appearances 17 (10)
Goals 4
Assists 4
Yellows 5
Reds 1
*Current Season

"He's someone I'm confident talking about because he's out of contract and unattached," Mowbray told the club's official website.

"Having watched him last year, we know he's a talented boy. He's a centre-forward who drops into midfield and links the play up well. He's left-footed and has a real work ethic.

"At the moment the boy's in Buenos Aires and we won't put a rubber stamp on it until the ink's dry on the contract. But we're reasonably close to tying something up. There's a fair chance he'll become a Boro player."