MIDDLESBROUGH have confirmed the signing of Andraz Sporar from Sporting Lisbon.

As expected, the Slovenian international joins on an initial season-long loan, although it is understood Boro have agreed a clause that could lead to them signing the striker permanently next summer.

Sporar, who is 27, has made more than 300 senior appearances in his career, scoring 141 goals.

He can play anywhere across the frontline, and is a Slovakian title winner from his time with Slovan Bratislava prior to moving to Sporting.

Boro boss Neil Warnock said: "He was a player who was highlighted early in the summer. We chased and persevered and we’ve got it over the line.

"He’ll be a more than useful addition to the squad. We’ve only got Uche (Ikpeazu) and Josh (Coburn) so we’re delighted to get him."

Sporar will spend the next week-and-a-half on international duty with Slovenia, but should be available to make his Boro debut at Coventry City on September 11.