Boro adds striker from Villa; Grant staying at Stoke

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Middlesbrough looks set to add depth behind Alvaro Negredo, while Stoke City will be hanging onto one of its surprise stars of the season.

Rudy Gestede will end his disappointing run at Championship side Aston Villa for a move to the Riverside Stadium, according to multiple reports. The move is set to cost around $7.5 million.

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Gestede, 28, earned a move to Villa after a 20-goal season with Blackburn but was unable to follow it up in the Premier League. The Benin international scored five PL goals and has four in 13 Championship appearances this year.

Meanwhile, Lee Grant is going to stick around Stoke. The 33-year-old goalkeeper’s first taste of the Premier League has been a good one, and Mark Hughes will spend around $3 million to make a loan from Derby County permanent.

Stoke has seen multiple setbacks for star goalkeeper Jack Butland, and Grant has performed admirably in his countryman’s stead.

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