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Tomas Mejias set for Rayo Vallecano loan after falling down Boro pecking order

Middlesbrough keeper Tomas Mejias is in Spain with a view to completing a loan move to Rayo Vallecano.

Press Association Sport understands the 27-year-old Spaniard, who joined the Teessiders from Real Madrid's B team during the summer of 2014 after a month-long loan spell the previous season, is close to sealing a deal to spend the remainder of the season in his native country.

Mejias has found himself fourth in line at the Riverside Stadium this season behind compatriot Victor Valdes, Brad Guzan and Dimi Konstantopoulos, and has been a frustrated by-stander for the entire campaign to date.

Indeed, he made the last of his 17 senior appearances in Boro's 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat by Burnley on January 9 last year, and Segunda Division Rayo have offered him the opportunity to play some football.

Mejias arrived on an initial two-year contract and signed an extension in February last year to keep him on the books until the summer of 2018.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede was on Teesside on Tuesday as head coach Aitor Karanka looked to push through his £6million switch to the north-east.

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