Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough are in talks with Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse about a potential move for striker Martin Braithwaite, according to L’Equipe.
The 26-year-old has been at the French club since 2013 after coming up through the youth ranks at Danish side Esbjerg fB, in which time he played 97 times for the club, bagging 19 goals in the process.
And that form earned him a move to Toulouse, and he has since gone from strength to strength with 40 goals in 149 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit, including 11 in 34 league games last term to help them to 11th place in the French top-flight.
And his excellent goal-scoring form in France has attracted interest from some clubs in England, with Premier League duo Bournemouth and Brighton, as well as Monk’s Middlesbrough, reportedly expressing an interest.
Monk’s men suffered relegation from the Premier League last term, and one of the chief reasons for their demise was their lack of goals, as they netted a mere 27 in their 38 league games, the least of any side in the division.
And with top-scorer Alvaro Negredo returning to Valencia, they are set to be well-short in the attacking department, so 26-year-old Braithwaite could be exactly the sort of player Monk needs in his squad to sustain a Championship promotion challenge next season.
But whether they can get a deal done for the Ligue 1 hotshot very much remains to be seen.
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