Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan has signed Aston Villa midfielder Isaiah Osbourne on a two-month loan deal.
The Birmingham-born 21-year-old, who trained with the Teessiders for the first time this morning, has made 29 appearances for Villa since earning his senior debut three years ago.
"I have known about Isaiah for about a year and he will bring us more strength in the midfield area where we are definitely short on numbers," said Strachan. "He's not a flair player, he's what I would call a continuity player, but he will also give us strength, height and get about the pitch."
Osbourne already has some experience of the Coca-Cola Championship having made eight appearances on loan at Nottingham Forest last season.
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