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Aitor Karanka has his second signing of the summer after securing the services of Sporting Gijon centre-half Bernardo Espinosa. The Columbian will join Boro on 1st July when his current contract expires.

He joins Dane Viktor Fischer at the Riverside as Karanka seeks to strengthen his squad and enhance his options ahead of Middlesbrough’s 2016/17 Premier League campaign.

Espinosa reportedly saw interest from Everton, Watford and Bournemouth but chose the Premiership’s new boys and will surely look at his new challenge as an opportunity to put himself into the limelight for an international call up.

He will become the second Columbian to play Premier League football for Middlesbrough following in the footsteps of his countryman Hamilton Ricard who signed for Boro almost twenty years ago. Teesside has a history of attracting South American talent and Bernardo as he may become known is the latest import adding to a list including the aforementioned Ricard, the enigmatic Juninho, plus a host of others of mixed reputation and success.

Emerson, Branco, Moreno, Marinelli, Arca, Alves, Amorebieta, de Pena and not forgetting Cristhian Stuani who scored the all-important goal against Brighton on the final day of the season; all have made impacts of some description at the Riverside.

Boro fans will hope that their newest recruit from the South Atlantic will have similar success at keeping a blank score line to that of their previous Columbian star. At least that means he will be doing the job he has been signed to do.


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