Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate is looking to sell flop striker Martin Braithwaite as he reshapes his squad over the summer.
According to the Mirror’s live transfer blog, Boro are keen on offloading Braithwaite, who is one of the club’s highest earners but has failed to deliver anything like what Boro expected when they splashed the cash on him a few seasons back.
Braithwaite has only managed eight goals since arriving at the Riverside, and with the club now looking to rebuild and reshape after failing to win promotion back to the Premier League, new manager Woodgate sees the striker as someone he can lose without too much worry.
Indeed, Braithwaite has spent the last six months away from Middlesbrough anyway, with Leganes taking the striker on loan, a move which again proved less than fruitful for the Danish international.
The report claims Leganes may well be interested in taking Braithwaite again, but would need all the wages paid by Boro, something which the Teeside club are not keen on doing given their financial position.
Middlesbrough are desperate to get back to winning ways and attractive football this season after a dour campaign under Tony Pulis last year saw the club miss out on a place in the top six.
This has been coming for a while and it’s simply a case of a move not working out for a player.
Braithwaite obviously has something about him given his international recognition, but Boro haven’t been able to get the best out of him at all and it looks like they are going to cut their losses.
Boro are right to want to sell him on a permanent deal though, with a loan not something that benefits them at all. A move to Europe will probably end up being the likely outcome for Braithwaite here.