Onel Hernandez’s loan spell from Norwich City has been brought to an end.

The 28-year-old striker’s loan was terminated to enable him to join Birmingham City on loan from Norwich until the end of the season.

Onel Hernandez celebrates at Nottingham Forest

The Cuban made 18 appearances for Boro after joining the club during the summer transfer window, and he scored his only goal in the 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest in September.

Boro boss Chris Wilder was full of praise for the departing Hernandez.

“Onel has been great for me,” he said. “He plays in a 4-2-3-1, he plays 4-3-3, he plays in a 3-4-3 as a wide player. He’s done a job for us down the middle and he’s give it a right go.

“I’ve got to say for a lad who’s come on loan and we’re making this decision, he’s one of the best pros I’ve worked with. He’s been a joy to work with.

“He’s another one and from a financial point of view, it’s quite a big number for what we are paying for somebody with game time now at the top of the pitch will be limited.

“I’m looking at the top of the pitch now. I’m looking at Balogun, Connolly, Watmore and Sporar with Josh Coburn in there. Another young player we are delighted to work with and we want to work with and improve. So we’ve got five for two.”

During his press conference earlier on Friday, the Boro manager confirmed that the club was willing to allow Uche Ikpeazu, Marcus Browne, and James Lea Siliki all move on during the January transfer window.