Middlesbrough set to smash transfer record for £14m striker

Rebecca Barbier
Julho 18, 2017

Middlesbrough have broken their transfer record to sign striker Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a fee believed to be around £14m.

Last season he was often in and out of the side as he battled to keep fit, but was on hand to score on the last day of the season to ensure Forest were not relegated.

"I can't wait to get started and train with the boys", he told Middlesbrough's official website. "As a club we felt that since the fee agreed met the buyout clause in his contract and he wanted to move it would be wrong to stand in his way".

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Assombalonga's time on the banks of the Trent has been blighted by injury and the £14 million transfer fee paid for the player by Boro looks to be good financial business by Forest providing that the club swiftly reinvest that fee in the first team squad.

He caught the attention of Forest with 33 goals in 58 games in his one season at London Road after prolific spells at Braintree and Southend United.

Assombalonga is the second striker signed by Middlesbrough this week, with Garry Monk adding Martin Braithewaite from Toulouse, and the now former Forest ace is his fifth addition in total.

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