Middlesbrough have secured the signing of Uruguayan winger Carlos de Pena on a three-year deal after a dramatic deadline day pursuit.
The deal went down to the wire because De Pena was involved in a trans-Atlantic dash, flying into Heathrow this afternoon where he met a senior delegation from the Championship outfit.
His club Nacional made a number of attempts to hold on to de Pena including denying him permission to fly and rejecting several offers.
But the 23-year-old had at least part of a medical while he changed flights in Sao Paolo and the club has confirmed the deal, for an undisclosed fee, has been complete.
A spokesman added: “The club signed Uruguayan winger Carlos de Pena from Nacional shortly before the closing of the transfer window.
“The 23-year-old will join Boro on a three–year contract.
“De Pena completed the formalities of the deal while in Brazil, having undergone a medical on Tuesday morning, and the player will head to Middlesbrough later this week to join up with the club.”
Nacional president Eduardo Ache, said: “I spoke to De Pena [yesterday] afternoon and he said he was leaving because it was a life opportunity, that we should let him go.
“I told him that in this situation he can’t go, it was not about the money.
“The damage has already been done. It would be difficult to get the player back.”
He can play on either flank and has scored 10 goals in 53 games for the club.