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Middlesbrough sign striker Emnes

Marvin Emnes
Marvin Emnes's signing has delighted Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate

Middlesbrough have signed Sparta Rotterdam striker Marvin Emnes in a 3.2m deal.

Emnes, 20, signed a four-year contract at the Riverside after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

The Rotterdam-born Netherlands Under-21 international played 55 games for Sparta and was named as their Player of the Year last season.

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate said: "We feel we have signed an exciting young player in Marvin."


Southgate added: "He can play anywhere along the front line, so he has versatility to go with pace, energy and technical skills.

"Marvin is very enthusiastic about coming to England and the challenge of Premier League football.

"He also fits the profile of the sort of players we want at Middlesbrough in that he is young player with hunger, energy and pace."

Southgate also revealed Ajax and Feyenoord had been interested in Emnes.

see also
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