Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has welcomed the chance to work with ‘Premier League experience’ after signing Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez on loan for the remainder of the season from Southampton.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who cost Saints £12million when he joined them from Italian side Bologna during the summer of 2012, is the club’s second January signing following the capture of Spanish striker Kike Sola.
The attacking midfielder was told he could leave Saints last week after falling out of favour under Ronald Koeman.
Head coach Karanka told the club’s official website: “I am really pleased. He is a really good player who knows the league and the country.
“He has international experience and has played in the World Cup. He is another good player for us. He is the kind of player who wants to join us and that shows he is committed to us.
“He has played in the Premier League and I think it is important to bring in players with this kind of experience.”
Ramirez, who scored eight goals in 55 appearances for the Saints, will go into a squad which has faltered in recent weeks, losing its last two league games to slip from the summit of the Sky Bet Championship table.
However, Boro remain just a point behind leaders Hull with a game in hand and, more importantly, are four points clear of third-placed Burnley.