Strachan U-Turn?

Last updated : 20 January 2010 By Boro Mad

As well as handing former Manchester City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver a chance to earn a contract with the Teessiders, Strachan has also handed trials to two unknown quantities from abroad.

Angolan midfielder Dominique Kivuvu has started a seven-day spell at the club, while Argentine defender Norberto Paparatto (who plays for Atletico Tigre) is due later this week.

The 26-year-old Paparatto is a right-footed centreback, has a£2.5m price-tag, but has figured in just three matches for Tigre this season.

Kivuvu trained with the Boro squad yesterday after being given permission from his club, NEC Nijmegen.

The Amstermam-born 22- year-old has five caps for Angola but missed out on their Africa Cup of Nations squad.