Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee lines up replacement as Carayol prepares to move on
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Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee will step up his recruitment drive this week after confirming that Mustapha Carayol is likely to join Middlesbrough.
Carayol was omitted from the squad that drew 1-1 at Yeovil on Saturday as negotiations continued with the Championship club over a deal that would eventually see Rovers recoup close to £500,000 should various add-ons and clauses be triggered.
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When asked about the situation regarding Carayol after Saturday's game at Huish Park, McGhee would only say: "We think we're very close to a deal with Middlesbrough, but it's not quite done yet."
McGhee, however, has already lined-up German trialist Fabian Broghammer as a like-for-like replacement.
Broghammer was replaced early in the first-half of Saturday's game after suffering a thigh strain and has returned to Germany following the completion of a two-week trial.
An offer will be put to the 22-year-old's representatives, however, and Rovers are hoping to officially complete the signing later this week. McGhee has also confirmed that Scotland international defender Garry Kenneth will arrive at the Memorial Stadium following talks with the player in Bristol last week.
"We've spoken to Garry and we're happy with everything that has been agreed and he'll join us subject to a satisfactory medical," McGhee said.
Kenneth, 25, has been without a club since leaving Dundee United by his own choice at the end of last season and has trained with Airdrie in recent weeks.
The imposing central defender has two caps for Scotland and was the subject of a reported £500,000 bid from Championship club Blackpool just over two years ago, which United rejected, preventing a move between the Scottish and English Tangerines.
"It was only a couple of seasons ago when Garry Kenneth was being looked at by a number of top-end Championship clubs," McGhee said.
"He was playing well consistently at that time under Craig Levien and was on the fringes of the Scotland squad.
"He's not done so well since Craig left Dundee United to take the Scotland job, but maybe it was a case of Garry becoming a bit stale after being at one club for too long.
"I know what Garry is and if we can get him back to top fitness then he will be a very good signing for us.
"He's a traditional central defender and is everything we need at the back in this division and the one above."
McGhee, meanwhile, has revealed that new signing Rogvi Baldvinssin was recommended to the club by former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr, who worked with the player during his time in charge of the Faroe Islands.
Baldvinssin, 22, who has played five times for the Faroe Islands, will have a medical at the Memorial Stadium this morning after agreeing a two-year-deal to move from Norwegian side Algard FK on Friday.
"Rogvi was recommended to me by Brian," McGhee said. "I also spoke to another friend of mine working in Scandinavia and it was confirmed to me that Rogvi is everything we are looking for in a defender. We're quite excited about him."
Midfielder Oliver Norburn scored Rovers' late equalising goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw after Rohan Ince had given Yeovil the lead.
"We were playing against a team from a higher league, so there was always going to be a bit of apprehension," said McGhee.
"We set ourselves up in a shape and showed good discipline. We made it difficult for Yeovil and it was a good workout for us."
Midfielder Matt Lund was not part of the travelling squad and has returned to parent club Stoke City for further treatment on a troublesome Achilles' injury.
Rovers will wait to find out how the problem responds to the latest round of treatment before deciding on how to proceed with a proposed six-month loan deal for the player.