Britt Assombalonga’s future remains far from certain heading into the final days of the January transfer window.
The 26 year-old forward joined Boro for a club-record fee of £15 million in the 2017 summer transfer window and has gone on to score 24 goals .
Blackburn Rovers have been linked with a £10 million move for Assombalonga, having already agreed a deal to sign Boro winger Harry Chapman, however the DR Congo international’s high wages could jeopardise a move to Rovers.
Tony Pulis is keen to offload Boro’s high earners in a bid to raise much-needed funds for incomings.
“The club has thrown a hell of a lot of money at getting promoted,” Pulis said. “They tried to go straight back up on the bounce, but it didn’t work. I’m talking about a lot of money, an extraordinary amount, and that’s how it is.”
“So, if we can do something, great. But it has to be the right player, and it has to be the right deal for this football club because next year, the money drops again.”
Assombalonga has been labelled as a player who could depart Boro, along with Rudy Gestede, Ashley Fletcher and Grant Leadbitter (who is set to finalise his move to Sunderland today).
The striker who has scored at least 14 goals in each of his three full seasons in the Championship (for Nottingham Forest and Boro) had been linked with a move to Crystal Palace earlier in January transfer window.