ANDRAZ SPORAR will finally complete a season-long move to Middlesbrough today – and the Teessiders have also lined up a potential deadline-day deal for French midfielder James Lea-Siliki as Neil Warnock looks to make up to three signings before the transfer window closes at 11pm.

Sporar has finally resolved the legal and financial issues that were preventing him from finalising his loan switch from Sporting Lisbon, and the transfer will be confirmed later today.

The Slovenia international is initially moving to Teesside on a season-long loan, but the agreement with Sporting contains a clause that could see the transfer become permanent next summer for a fee of around €8.5m.

Sporar, who will head off on international duty with Slovenia this week before flying into England ahead of Boro’s next Championship game with Coventry City, will strengthen an attacking unit that has been short on numbers in the opening weeks of the season.

While Boro have also signed Uche Ikpeazu this summer, they have lost Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher and Chuba Akpom since the end of last season.

Akpom’s return to PAOK Salonika last week has created another vacancy in the attacking positions, and Warnock will look to bring in another forward on top of Sporar before the window swings shut this evening.

The Boro boss, who has been linked with Rotherham United striker Michael Smith throughout the summer, has been monitoring a number of potential targets in the last few days.

Warnock, who completed the loan signing of Norwich City winger Onel Hernandez over the weekend, could also be welcoming Lea-Siliki to Teesside today, with the French midfielder having been the subject of discussions involving his current employers, Rennes, in the last 48 hours.

Lea-Siliki, a 25-year-old Cameroon international, joined Rennes from Guingamp in 2017, but was made available for a transfer earlier this summer.

He has been on Boro’s transfer radar for the last few months, with the Teessiders having lined up a deadline-day move despite Warnock’s insistence at the end of last week that he would not be considering any more signings from abroad.

Developments with Lea-Siliki could well have an impact on what happens to Sam Morsy today, with the Boro midfielder the subject of strengthening interest from a number of different clubs.

Ipswich Town were the first side to lodge a formal inquiry about Morsy, but Championship trio Sheffield United, Preston and Luton have all subsequently flagged up their interest in the Egyptian midfielder.

Morsy, who was sent off as Boro drew 1-1 with Blackburn at the weekend, only moved to the Riverside last September, signing a three-year deal. He is aware of the outside interest in his services, but his preference at the moment is to remain with Boro.

There will be departures ahead of tonight’s deadline, with Nathan Wood’s season-long loan move to Hibernian set to be confirmed this morning.

Wood spent the weekend in Edinburgh, undergoing a medical and watching Hibs’ SPL win over Livingston from the stands at Easter Road.

The 19-year-old centre-half, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Crewe, has agreed the terms of his move north of the border, with Hibs boss Jack Ross looking forward to having him on board.

“He was here (over the weekend) – more to get a medical done than anything else,” said Ross. “Hopefully, we can announce it soon.

“He gives us that defensive reinforcement. He is a really good young player with a big future ahead of him. He’ll hopefully join us for the season and strengthen the group.”