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Middlesbrough sign Nicky Bailey from Charlton Athletic

Nicky Bailey
Bailey has agreed a three-year deal at the Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Charlton Athletic midfielder Nicky Bailey on a three-year deal for a fee of £1.4m.

The 26-year-old becomes Gordon Strachan's third signing of the summer following the arrivals of striker Kris Boyd and winger Andrew Halliday.

"He scores goals and all different kinds of goals," Strachan said.

"There's also a devil inside him when he plays and you sometimes need that. We're delighted to sign Nicky."

Strachan added: "He can play left-side of midfield or centre midfield and he's self-motivated.

The deal, which includes a sell-on clause for the League One club, sees Bailey's former club Southend also receive £225,000 from a prior sell-on clause.

Hammersmith-born Bailey scored 25 league goals in his two seasons with Charlton after joining them from Southend United.

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Once on the books of Fulham, he played non-league football for Sutton United as a teenager before helping Barnet win promotion into the Football League in 2005.

Bailey joined Charlton during the summer of 2008, suffering relegation in his first season with the club despite scoring 13 goals from midfield.

He scored a further 12 last term as Charlton missed out on promotion after losing out to Swindon in the play-offs.

In all, Bailey has scored 51 goals in 221 Football League games for Barnet, Southend and Charlton.

However, his departure looks to have been sealed after the cash-strapped Addicks, who were relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2008/09 season, failed to secure an instant return to English football's second tier.

Highly-rated midfielder Jonjo Shelvey departed Charlton for Liverpool before the end of the season, while the club have also let six players leave.

Bailey was named in the League One team of the year by his fellow professionals alongside Charlton full-back Frazer Richardson.



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