Middlesbrough sign Nigeria striker Bartholomew Ogbeche

Bartholomew Ogbeche tussles with an opponent
Ogbeche (r) began his career with Paris Saint Germain and played for Nigeria at the 2002 World Cup finals in Korea and Japan

Middlesbrough have signed former Nigeria international striker Bartholomew Ogbeche until the end of the season after a successful trial.

The 27-year-old, who began his career at Paris Saint Germain, scored twice in a behind-closed-doors game against Blackburn to impress boss Tony Mowbray.

"He knows where the back of the net is," Mowbray told BBC Tees.

"I don't want people to think we've signed Lionel Messi, but we've signed a footballer who has got a few assets."

Ogbeche, who played for his country at the 2002 World Cup, has been without a club following his departure from Greek side Kavala in the summer.

Prior to his switch to Greece in 2010, the forward played in Spain with Alaves, Real Valladolid and Cadiz, as well as spending a season in the United Arab Emirates.

"He's not an 18-year-old boy," Mowbray continued.

"He's 27, played for his country, played in La Liga, he's played for PSG at 17 and, for whatever reason, he ended up going to the Emirates for a year and Greece.

"We saw enough talent to think, for nothing, at this stage of our season, we'll have a look and give him an opportunity.

"Whether or not he can break into the team we'll have to wait and see."

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