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Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez open to Middlesbrough stay

Southampton flop Gaston Ramirez has revealed that he would like to make his loan move to Championship club Middlesbrough permanent if they win promotion to the Premier League.

The 25-year-old, who signed for Southampton for a then club-record transfer fee of £12million in 2012, moved to Boro in a loan move in January.

Ramirez is in the last year of his contract with the Saints and will be a free agent in the summer.

The Uruguayan international said: "If Boro get promoted would I talk about staying? Why not?

"At the moment I am only thinking about this team and winning the Championship and going up. But after that...

"I feel I am good enough to play in the Premier League. I am fighting for that.

"I want to show that I can play at the top level. I want to show good I am. That is my ambition."

The former Hull City loanee has scored three goals in six league appearances for Boro, including a brace in the 2-1 win over Wolves on the weekend.

The Teessiders currently sit second on the tier two table, a point behind Burnley.

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