Boro close to Carayol swoop

  • By: Graeme Bailey
  • Last Updated: July 30 2012, 9:04 BST

Bristol Rovers have confirmed that they are close to agreeing a deal with Middlesbrough to sell Mustapha Carayol.

Mustapha Carayol: Set for Middlesbrough move

Boro have been on the trail of the 23-year-old Gambia-born winger for much of the summer.

Derby, Barnsley and Leicester have also been keen but Boro look to be firmly in pole position to seal his signature.

"We think we're very close to a deal with Middlesbrough, but it's not quite done yet," said Rovers chief Mark McGhee.

Boro are hoping that they can confirm the signings of both Carayol and Doncaster's George Friend early this week.