Karanka hopeful to convince Jese to ditch PSG for Boro loan

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This would be quite a pull for Aitor Karanka.

The ex-Real Madrid assistant and current Middlesbrough boss could be close to bringing Jese Rodriguez to the Riverside Stadium on loan for the club’s safety push.

Rodriguez, 23, has two goals in 14 matches for PSG since arriving from Real Madrid this summer. He averaged six goals over the past three seasons in a part-time role for Real, but left for playing time.

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He’d find it at Boro, and now it’s Karanka’s job to make the reunion go from theory to practice.

“Jese” can play anywhere in a front three, though he is often deployed on the left wing. Karanka has used a lot of 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1 though he used a 4-3-3 against West Ham, with Cristhian Stuani on the left.

Only Alvaro Negredo (5) has scored more goals than Stuani’s four for goal-hungry Boro. Jese could slot into the middle of the three in a 4-2-3-1.