Lukas Jutkiewicz has admitted that he would like to stay at Bolton Wanderers on a permanent basis.
Jutkiewicz, 25, spent the second half of the season on loan at the Trotters, and became a real fan favourite at the club, scoring seven League goals in 20 games, and assisting with three other in that period.
The striker returned back to Middlesbrough this week, and his manager Aitor Karanka has revealed that the club may be willing to part with the Southampton born striker for around £2 million or so.
However, his valuation of the in-form Jutkiewicz may force Dougie Freedman to gamble and sell a key player, in order to sign the striker permanently.
Karanka stated to Middlesbrough’s local daily Newspaper, “The Gazette”.
“I need to speak to them ( Bolton) because I need to know their feelings,” he said.
“I am very happy with him (Jutkiewicz) because I told him when he went to Bolton that the most important thing is that at the end of the season Bolton are happy, Lukas is happy and we are happy.
“That’s what has happened, after four months we are all happy.”
Jutkiewicz has made no secrets about his wish to stay at the club, and stated in March that both clubs could ” “come to an agreement to let me stay longer.”
The striker reportedly told his team-mates before the final game with Birmingham City that he wanted to return.
And defender David Wheater confirmed those rumours, after an interview with The Bolton News.
“He’s told me he wants to stay,” Wheater said. “But when he’s scored all the goals he has, maybe Middlesbrough will want to put him in.
“It’d be good to have someone to swap Boro stories with.”