Boro look to Fuchs

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Bryan Robson is hoping that English football's latest German import will re-ignite Middlesbrough's push for a place in the Premiership next season.

The player-manager has moved to bolster his side's forward line by taking the Kaiserslautern striker, Uwe Fuchs, on loan. The 28-year-old Fuchs, who has scored 64 goals in 217 Bundesliga appearances, was recommended to Middlesbrough by Robson's former England team-mate, Tony Woodcock. Fuchs joins Jurgen Klinsmann, Uwe Rosler and Maurizio Gaudino on the list of Germans now plying their trade in England.

"I have made no secret of my search for a striker, but players have not been available in England, or ridiculous fees have been asked," Robson said. "I want competition in my attack, and I feel Uwe can help us in our push for promotion." Robson has the option to sign Fuchs permanently at the end of the season.

Craig Hignett's penalty miss on Saturday before Grimsby went ahead summed up Boro's striking problems, with Robson claiming: "We're not having the run of the ball." The 1-1 draw extended Boro's lead over Wolves - whose game at Luton was one of five in the First Division called off - to two points.

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