Middlesbrough´s new Egyptian striker Mido has admitted he came close to abandoning a move to the Riverside Stadium after falling under the spell of Sunderland manager Roy Keane.

Mido held talks with the Black Cats boss as the uncertainty over his future dragged on, before finally electing to join Gareth Southgate´s men for a £6million fee.

"It was a tough decision, especially after I met Roy Keane. I was very impressed by the way he played but if you go to meet him you see a totally different person," said the 24-year-old.

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