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FA Cup: Middlesbrough 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Boro had too much firepower for the Owls. Credit: PA

Skipper Grant Leadbitter struck for the second time in three games as 10-man Middlesbrough eased past Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 and into the FA Cup fourth round.

Leadbitter's 58th-minute free-kick finally ignited a previously dull encounter, although Boro defender Daniel Ayala was controversially dismissed for a professional foul on Fernando Forestieri within seconds to give Wednesday hope in front of a crowd of 23,661 at the Riverside Stadium.

However, the Premier League side sealed victory seven minutes later in bizarre fashion when Alvaro Negredo blocked Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith's attempted clearance and saw the ball ricochet into the net, before Marten de Roon added a third at the death.


Middlesbrough goalkeeper set for Spain return

Tomas Mejias is on the move. Credit: PA

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.

Aston Villa accept Middlesbrough bid for Rudy Gestede

Rudy Gestede looks set to return to the Premier League after falling out of favour under Steve Bruce at Villa Park. Credit: PA

Aston Villa are understood to have accepted a bid from Middlesbrough for striker Rudy Gestede.

Boro head coach Aitor Karanka is hoping to complete a move imminently for the £6million-rated 28-year-old.

Gestede is understood to be on Teesside as Boro take on Leicester.

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