Middlesbrough striker Chris Killen is hoping to secure a longer stay on Teesside.

The 28-year-old New Zealand international has put the injury problems, which dogged his spell at Celtic behind him to make a real impression at the Riverside Stadium, where he arrived on a deal until the end of the campaign in January.

Killen is relishing the chance to work under Gordon Strachan once again and he said: "I would love to stay, and the manager knows that. We will just leave that until the end of the season. We will see where we are and what we want to do after the season."

He added: "But personally, I would love to stay here. I really enjoy my football here."

Meanwhile, Strachan is hoping the club can thrash out a deal with FA Cup finalists Portsmouth, which will allow midfielder Gary O'Neil to play a part in the play-off run-in.

The 26-year-old has missed that last two games with Pompey due a £1million payment when he next plays for Boro, in what would be his 100th appearance for the Teessiders, under the terms of the transfer deal struck when he moved north from Fratton Park.

Strachan's side recorded victories over Plymouth and Sheffield Wednesday without O'Neil, but remain four points adrift of the play-off places with three games remaining, and are desperate to have one of their most influential players available once again.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to promoted West Brom, the Scot said: "We are working on it to see if something can be done and we can get Gary on the field.

"He is desperate to get playing. I know we have won a couple of games while he has not been playing, but I can assure you we are a better side when he is in the team."

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