MIDDLESBROUGH have completed a quickfire transfer double with the loan signing of Manchester City youngster Lukas Nmecha.

Twenty-four hours after Patrick Roberts joined Boro on a temporary basis from Manchester City, Nmecha has joined his team-mate at the Riverside.

“We’re delighted to bring Lukas to the club,” said Boro head coach Jonathan Woodgate. “He is a terrific young player who has the benefit of a year’s experience of Championship football.

“He is another young, hungry player of real quality and it’s great that we’ve been able to get him. In Lukas and Patrick, we have signed two very good players, and we’ve been able to bring them in early in the transfer window, which is a real bonus.”

A Hamburg-born winger, who represented England at every representative level up to Under-20s before switching nationality to Germany and playing for the German Under-21s, Nmecha joined Manchester City’s academy in 2007.

He spent a decade progressing through the club’s youth system before making his senior debut in the EFL Cup in 2017.

He made his Premier League debut in 2018, coming off the bench to replace Gabriel Jesus at West Ham, and spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Preston, where he scored four goals in 38 senior appearances.

He spent the first half of the current campaign on loan at German club Wolfsburg, but like Roberts, struggled for game time with his temporary employers.

Like Roberts, Manchester City cut short Nmecha’s arrangement with Wolfsburg earlier this week, and Boro have won the battle to secure his services for the second half of the season.

While Nmecha has spent most of his career playing on the wing, and is comfortable on either flank, he can also line up as a central striker.