Rudy Gestede says the lure of Premier League football meant it was an easy decision to join Boro.

The Benin international became Aitor Karanka's first January acquisition on Wednesday, and Gestede says he can't wait to get started on the training field at Rockliffe Park.

"I'm very happy to be here and back in the Premier League," he said.

"When I saw the way Boro play with the manager and the players that were already here it was an easy decision. It's a very good move for me.

"Boro have a strong squad, they've shown that in the first half of the season that they deserve to be here. 

"I'm very happy and I'm looking forward to starting."

The 28-year-old links up with former Blackburn Rovers strike partner Jordan Rhodes as well as a couple of familiar faces from his time at Aston Villa.

"It's a pleasure to see them," he said.

"I was in touch with Jordan over a few texts and I'm happy to see Adama [Traore] and Brad [Guzan] as well.

"It's always good to see someone you know and they're good people so that helps. I've been welcomed very well by everyone in the changing room."

Having watched the Teessiders a number of times this season Gestede feels his playing style can help fire Boro up the Premier League table. 

"When I watched the last game especially I saw a lot of crosses and passes into the box," he said.

"One of my assets is how I can play in the air and making myself a threat in the box - I think I have shown that before. 
 
"The move has happened early in the window so I can focus on showing everyone what I'm capable of and why I deserve this move."