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Velikonja moves to Rio Ave

Cardiff striker Etien Velikonja has left the club to join Portuguese side Rio Ave on loan until the end of the season.

The Slovenia international, who joined the Bluebirds in 2012, has struggled for games at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Velikonja joined Cardiff from Maribor for almost €4million, but has only made three appearances for the Bluebirds after scoring 20 goals in 48 games for his former club.

The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to Sarajevo, where Vincent Tan is also the owner, but Velikonja decided against a switch to the Bosnian league.

Rio Ave's official website confirmed a loan deal that will tie Velikonja to the Portuguese club until the end of the season.