Middlesbrough complete Bent loan

30 October 2009 04:36
Gordon Strachan has made his first signing as Middlesbrough boss by tying up striker Marcus Bent on a two-month emergency loan deal from Birmingham.The 31-year-old has yet to feature for the Blues this season after suffering from a recurring hamstring injury. [LNB]"Going up there for two months is an opportunity for him," Birmingham boss Alex McLeish told the club website. [LNB]"When it's time for him to come back, we hope he'll be in great form and pushing for a place in the team." [LNB]Bent joined the Blues from Charlton in July 2008 after the Addicks were relegated from the Premier League. [LNB]McLeish added: "He's obviously had one or two setbacks with injuries. But he's a big, strong centre-forward with pace and presence - and when he's on top form he's an asset."[LNB] He may not be the best goalscorer but he will make a good target man runriger Earlier this week, Strachan, who replaced Gareth Southgate as Boro boss on Monday, had spoken of his desire to improve his side's striking options in a season which has seen winger Adam Johnson lead the club's scoring charts. [LNB]"We are short in the striking department, that's obvious," Strachan said on Thursday. "If you look at the teams who've got promoted recently, they've been strong upfront. [LNB]"Sir Alex Ferguson used to say to me the most important part of your team is the strikers and we need to make that stronger." [LNB]Bent began his career with Brentford, signing professional forms in 1995, and his form with the Bees attracted the attentions of Crystal Palace who paid £300,000 to take him to Selhurst Park in January 1998. [LNB]He left for Port Vale a year later before a fruitful spell at Bramall Lane with Sheffield United where he scored 20 goals in 48 league appearances. [LNB]The well-travelled striker then joined Blackburn for a fee in excess of £2m, spending just a season at Ewood Park before switching to Ipswich Town for £3m in November 2001, with the Suffolk club flying high in the Premier League. [LNB]Three seasons at Portman Road led to a string of further moves that took in Everton, Charlton and Wigan, before joining Birmingham last season.

Source: BBC_Sport