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Town to Sign Forest Winger Carayol
Wednesday, 31st Jan 2018 13:48

TWTD understands the Blues are set to sign Mustapha Carayol from Nottingham Forest on a free transfer before this evening's 11pm deadline.

The 29-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of the season and will be joining the Blues in much the same way as Stephen Gleeson earlier in the month with Town taking on the remaining months of his deal after his departure from the City Ground.

Gambia international Carayol was a youth player with Swindon and Macclesfield before breaking into senior football with the MK Dons.

He spent time on loan with Crawley before joining Torquay on a permanent basis prior to a loan stint with Kettering.

Lincoln was his next port of call before he moved on to Bristol Rovers where he really made his name, securing a move to Middlesbrough in the summer of 2012.

He scored his first league goal on his Championship debut for the Teessiders in their 2-0 victory over the Blues at the Riverside in August 2012.

Having had spells out on loan at Brighton, Huddersfield and Leeds, the 5ft 11in tall pacy wideman joined Forest after leaving Boro - then managed by current Tricky Trees boss Aitor Karanka - by mutual consent in August 2016, signing a two-year deal.

Since moving to the City Ground, Carayol has made only 17 starts and 21 sub appearances, scoring three goals.

However, he has remained in their first team squad and started Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Hull before being replaced at half-time.

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StuartBrett8 added 13:50 - Jan 31
That was 'out of the blue' typical MM :)

Ipswich_Crazy added 13:51 - Jan 31
Where did this come from? Quiet day expected they said!

Clegg out!

ArnieM added 13:52 - Jan 31

Nothing very exciting Im afraid . Typical Low budget ITFC and MM signing tbh . Oh well "Welcome to Town Mustapha" hope you enjoy your time here ....

BlueandTruesince82 added 13:53 - Jan 31

Woolston1988 added 13:55 - Jan 31
This is a good signing whatever anyone says

liam88 added 13:55 - Jan 31
Pace had a few good games I said we should've pinched him from Bristol Rovers years ago

Simonds92 added 13:56 - Jan 31
Remember him tearing chambers apart for Boro on sky a few years ago. Certainly an improvement on McGoldrick playing right wing imo

iaintaylorx added 14:01 - Jan 31
Very happy with this! Free too!

Rensham added 14:02 - Jan 31
7 loan players. You're spoiling us Mick McCarthy.

And this probably means we'll have the good fortune for two more years of Mick taking.

bluehook added 14:03 - Jan 31
Another journeyman. How many clubs?

Rensham added 14:04 - Jan 31
Lucky to get him, we'll only be his 15 club.

itfchorry added 14:09 - Jan 31
Just another 17 games to put up with McCarthy.

May just can't come quick enough.

Westover added 14:09 - Jan 31
Do we need a winger ? I don't think so.

midastouch added 14:11 - Jan 31
Is he any better than Rowe? I suspect not. Still of course we should give him a chance and wish him the best of luck but if his wages are higher than Rowe's it seems rather odd. But nonetheless I hope he hits the ground running and proves his worth for us for the remainder of the season.

BlueBlood90 added 14:16 - Jan 31
Another short term option. Why didn't McCarthy just go at the start of the window? I don't think anyone for a second thinks his contract is being renewed so what's the point? Would've given the new man 5 or 6 months to see what he's got and where needs improving. Carayol isn't the best nor the worst signing and at least it's in a position that we badly needed someone.

Pagan_Blue added 14:19 - Jan 31
I must confess to being envious of the comprehensive, indeed almost encyclopaedic knowledge, that some on here appear to possess with regard to the footballing abilities of every registered professional player. Surprising that some of you are not managers yourselves, or at the very least chief scouts. But then, perhaps some of you are.........

Rensham added 14:23 - Jan 31
To replace McG who's going on loan to Forrest.

Rensham added 14:24 - Jan 31
He's staying you plonkers.....

Skip73 added 14:25 - Jan 31
Rensham, He's a free transfer not a loan. Read the article properly before posting you donut! Anything to be negative eh!

jayessess added 14:32 - Jan 31
Liam Feeney II?

Steelmonkey added 14:36 - Jan 31
Oh a winger, we won't see him getting much game time then, or will MM play him as a centre forward but he will probably be converted to a fullback. Welcome to PR if it happens.

casanovacrow added 14:41 - Jan 31
Filling gaps in the short term for a clean slate in the summer, probably would've been a loan if you could field more in a game. Might as well just write off this season.

bazergan added 14:42 - Jan 31
Give him a chance

Warkys_Tash added 14:43 - Jan 31
Happy with this, just hope it doesnt mean MacG is on his way out...


Len_Brennan added 14:46 - Jan 31
Not a bad signing & considering we weren't expecting any more new faces, a good signing. He's one of those players I thought would be a great addition a few years ago, but don't really know how capable he is at this moment in time. Like @simonds92, I remember him destroying Chambers, so if he can bring that type of threat against other (real) full backs in this league, he will be an asset.
Similar to the Gleeson signing, He's at an important age contractwise, so he has every reason to do his utmost to prove he is worth a decent one, either here or elsewhere.

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