MIDDLESBROUGH boss Aitor Karanka is looking forward to working with Fulham centre-back Fernando Amorebieta again after bringing him in on loan for the rest of the season.
And the deal has seen Boro full-back James Husband go the other way to Craven Cottage in a similar loan deal until May.
Amorebieta, a Venezuelan international, is known to Boro boss Aitor Karanka having developed his career at the head coach’s first club, Athletic Bilbao.
The 30-year-old became a regular for the Basque club, playing 195 games before signing for Fulham in 2013, playing 23 times in their relegation season.
Capped 10 times by his country, he has also played for the Basque Country national team four times.
Karanka said: “He’s a very good lad.
“I’ve known him for 12 or 13 years now.
“He played with me in Bilbao, we were team-mates, and his career has been brilliant.
“This season has been difficult for him because he got injured at the Riverside for Fulham and after that it took time for him to play again, but as a player he is a very good player.”
“The main thing that he is going to bring is his experience,” added Karanka.
“He has made 200 appearances in the Primera League and two years ago he was playing in a Europa League final so he is a very experienced player.
“He knows how difficult it will be for him to play because our players are doing well.”
Meanwhile, 21-year-old Husband joined Boro from Doncaster Rovers last summer and has made six appearances in all competitions for the Championship side.
Husband said: “I’m delighted to be here. I’ve met the gaffer and the lads and I’m looking forward to my time here.
“I’m here to finish off the season and help Fulham get as high up the table as we can.
“You look at the players in the squad and there’s Premier League talent in there so I see no reason why we can’t go unbeaten until the end of the season.”