Middlesbrough sign striker Rudy Gestede from Aston Villa

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MIDDLEBSROUGH, England (AP) Middlesbrough has signed striker Rudy Gestede from Aston Villa in a bid to solve its shortage of goals.

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The Benin international has a deal with Middlesbrough until June 2020, casting doubt on the future of strikers Jordan Rhodes and David Nugent at the Premier League club.

The 28-year-old Gestede, who has scored four goals for second-tier club Villa this season, fell out of favor with manager Steve Bruce.

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Middlesbrough is two places and four points above the relegation zone. Boro has scored only 17 goals in 20 matches — the same as last-place Hull.