Middlesbrough are close to completing a move for Real Murcia striker Kike.

The 24-year-old is expected to join the Teessiders next week after the two clubs reached agreement over the proposed transfer.

A statement released on the Spanish club's official website, www.realmurcia.es, said: "Real Murcia CF announced on Friday morning that we have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of our player Enrique García, 'Kike', to the English club Middlesbrough FC.

"The international transfer is expected to be concluded next week."

Kike scored 23 goals last season as Real finished fourth in the Segunda Liga.