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Ikpeazu Mubiru completes move to Middlesbrough 

Ikpeazu was Wycombe Wanderers' leading scorer last season with six goals and provided four assists in the 31 games he played

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Uche Ikpeazu Mubiru has completed his transfer to English Championship side Middlesbrough on a three year contract.

Ikpeazu, who has been turning out for Wycombe Wanderers, has been a transfer target for the former Premier League side for the past two months.

The gangly striker was Wycombe Wanderers’ leading scorer last season with six goals and provided four assists in the 31 games he featured in as the club suffered relegation from the English Championship to the League One.

Ikpeazu caught the eye of Middlesbrough coach Neil Warnock when the two sides met in the February in a game he scored the first goal before losing 3-1.

Neil Warnock admits he has been a keen admirer of the stocky striker.

“I’ve always liked Uche back to when he was at Hearts and I watched him a few times. He looks raw at times but he’s so keen and dedicated wherever he plays and I think the fans will really get behind him because he’s such a 100% player.

“I was really impressed in my meetings with him with his dedication and desire to do well for Middlesbrough. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

Warnock said via the club’s website.

For starters, Karl Anthony Uchechukwu Mubiru Ikpeazu was born in Bedford, United Kingdom to a Nigerian father Alexander Madu Ikpeazu and a Ugandan mother Marion Naguta.

In March last year, he was named in Uganda Cranes squad that was supposed to face South Sudan in the AFCON Qualifiers but the double header was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

He was then summoned for the Cranes training camp in Dubai in October but pulled out due to injury.

He also pulled out of the Cranes squad that was initially summoned to face Burkina Faso and Malawi in March this year.

Ikpeazu is a former Reading Academy player who has also played for Watford, Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Port Vale, Blackpool, Cambridge United and England Scottish side Heart of Midlothian.

Ikpeazu during his first training session with Middlesbrough. (Photo: Boro FC)

The 26 year old striker joined Wycombe Wanderers from Hearts at the start of last season.

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