Rudy Gestede is set to undergo a Middlesbrough medical on Tuesday afternoon as he completes a transfer from Aston Villa, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Tuesday (10.57am) that Gestede is due on Teeside to put the finishing touches to his move from the Championship club.
It is said that Boro have agreed the terms of a £6million deal for the powerful striker and that he is currently tying up the loose ends of the contract that he will sign with Aitor Karanka’s team.
Sky Sports report that the arrival of Gestede should hasten the exits this month of one or both of fringe Boro strikers Jordan Rhodes and David Nugent.
Barring any last-minute hiccups, Gestede will end an 18-month spell at Villa that has turned sour since the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager in mid-October.
The targetman will then be in line to make his Boro debut this weekend in their FA Cup clash against Sheffield Wednesday as his country, Benin, did not qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Times claimed last week that Villa are on the brink of agreeing a “swap deal” with Middlesbrough in which Gestede would move to the Riverside Stadium and Jordan Rhodes would head the other way.
But Sky do not suggest that Rhodes is part of the deal amid reports that Villa have balked at the Premier League club’s asking price for the striker.
Gestede moved to Villa from Blackburn in the summer of 2015 but he has not made as big an impact in the Midlands as the club would have hoped.
He has been a fringe player at Villa Park since Bruce took the reins in October and has been principally used as an impact substitute or as cover for first-choice front man Jonathan Kodjia.
Gestede has done little at Villa to suggest he could be anything other than a bit-part figure at a Premier League club. His height and power ensures he will always provide immense nuisance value – as Leeds found to their cost on Thursday – but he does not have the all-round game to be a regular starter at a top flight outfit. The fact that he has been on the fringes at Villa Park since Bruce took over suggests he will not take a Premier League team to the next level.