Middlesbrough Sign Aliadiere

Premiership side Middlesbrough have confirmed the signing of French striker Jeremie Aliadiere from Arsenal.

Arsenal's Jeremie Aliadiere (R) is challenged by Newcastle United's Oguchi Onyewu

The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year contract after undergoing a medical on Teesside and will officially become a Boro player on July 1.

Arsenal will receive an initial £2 million (four million dollars) for the frontman, who becomes manager Gareth Southgate's second summer signing following Jonathan Woodgate's arrival from Real Madrid.

Aliadiere had three years left on his Arsenal contract, but had failed to secure a regular place in the first team having arrived in 1999 as a 16 year old.

With Fenerbahce striker Tuncay Sanli due to have his medical this week, Southgate has moved swiftly to plug the gap left by Mark Viduka.

The Australian, the club's leading scorer last season with 19 goals, turned down a contract extension to join derby rivals Newcastle.

In the wake of the 31-year-old's departure, the Teessiders have targeted younger players with pace and they could yet step up their interest Manchester United's Alan Smith when he returns from holiday.

Southgate has also lost Malcolm Christie and Danny Graham, who were released at the end of the last campaign, leaving him with just Dong-Gook Lee and Aiyegbeni Yakubu.

With speculation mounting Nigeria international Yakubu could be available - former club Portsmouth are reportedly stepping up their pursuit - there has been a great deal of uncertainty around the Riverside Stadium.

However, Aliadiere's capture and Tuncay's imminent arrival have strengthened Southgate's hand and while his priorities now to strengthen the right side of defence and midfield it would be no surprise if there was further movement to bolster the attack.

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