Middlesbrough has signed striker Dave Kitson on loan from Stoke for two months to help kick start its push for promotion to the Premier League.
Kitson scored 12 times in 47 Premier League appearances for Reading but failed to make a sustained impact following a 5.5 million pound ($9.2 million) transfer to Stoke and went back on loan to his former club last season.
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Kitson has three goals this season and is joining a team 10th in the League Championship following its relegation in May. Middlesbrough has 24 points from 16 games, nine fewer than leader and local rival Newcastle.