Omeruo, In Line for a Loan Spell at Boro.

Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo, is on the verge of making a loan switch to Middlesbrough for the rest of the season.

The central defender is expected to visit Middlesbrough this weekend with a view to joining on loan, according to

The move is necessitated by the player’s need to play regular football in the present World Cup year while Jose Mourinho’s tie with Boro manager Aitor Karanka- the Portuguese boss’ assistant at Real Madrid (2010-13)- is understood to have paved way for transfer talks.

Kenneth Omeruo, in Chelsea Training.
Kenneth Omeruo, in Chelsea Training.

“Karanka has assisted Mourinho previously and Chelsea are willing to let Kenneth go there because he will be guaranteed playing time,” a source close to Omeruo told

Karanka is keen on strengthening his squad during the current transfer window but does not believe the Riverside Stadium outfit need to spend a fortune.

In a recent interview with the club’s official website, the boss, while downplaying rumoured link with Chelsea midfielder, Nathaniel Chalobah, said: “We are working on a lot of players and being Jose (Mourinho) and Chelsea, maybe 10 or 12 or 20 players can come here! …we are working with Chelsea and with other teams to improve our squad.

The defender, 20, has been training with the ‘Blues’s’ first-team following his full recovery from a shoulder injury which kept him out of the Confederation Cup and Chelsea’s pre-season tour.

Middlesbrough are 15th on the Coca-Cola Championship standing with 30 points from 24 games.