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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 22, 2007

Middlesbrough veteran Ehiogu agrees Rangers deal

Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu has passed a medical at Rangers and is on the verge of joining the Ibrox club.

Ehiogu has agreed a deal north of the border and will complete his move when the finer details are agreed with Middlesbrough.

The 34-year-old has made almost 500 appearances for the Teesside club.

Boro are happy to let the former England defender leave on a free transfer after six years' service, and contractual arrangements between both clubs and the player have been agreed.

Ibrox boss Smith, who signed Davie Weir from Everton last week, told Rangers World: 'There are a few formalities to finish in terms of the medical and some contractual issues but we hope to have him on board today or tomorrow.

'He will give us a bit of steel and experience.

'We need a number of players between now and the end of the season, especially as we have European matches coming up too.

'Like Davie Weir, he will help all the younger lads around him.'

Ehiogu becomes Walter Smith's second signing since he left his post as Scotland boss to return to Ibrox on January 10.

The former Everton manager signed another veteran central defender when he was reunited with 36-year-old former Toffees centre-half David Weir.

And Ehiogu, who joined Boro from Aston Villa for £8million in 2000, is the third central defender to sign for the Gers this month after Andy Webster moved on loan from Wigan.

A club statement read: 'Rangers FC is happy to confirm that the club has agreed personal terms with Ugo Ehiogu, who successfully completed a medical examination earlier today.

'Rangers looks forward to completing his registration within the next few days once the player has finalised some minor details with Middlesbrough.

'The player will train with the Rangers team at Murray Park tomorrow.'

Smith said: 'He will give us a bit of steel and experience.

'We need a number of players between now and the end of the season, especially as we have European matches coming up too.

'Like Davie Weir, he will help all the younger lads around him.'

After falling out of favour at the Riverside, Ehiogu joined Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Leeds on loan at the end of November and played six times.

His loan ended in January and he has since made one substitute appearance in the Teessiders' FA Cup win over Hull.

The former West Brom player won four caps for England.

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