Championship outfit Middlesbrough are poised to complete the signing of Toulouse striker Martin Braithwaite, according to The Gazette Live.
The 26-year-old has been with the French outfit since 2013 following time in his native country at Esbjerg, where he bagged 19 goals and laid on ten assists in 97 games.
And he has translated that form and indeed bettered it in France in the last few years, netting 40 goals in just 149 games for Toulouse, including 11 in 34 Ligue 1 matches last season to help the club finish 13th in the French top-flight.
And his fine goal-scoring form, he also netted 11 times the season before, has attracted interest from Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough, who themselves are seeking attacking reinforcements after suffering relegation from the Premier League last term.
Monk, who took over at the Riverside Stadium earlier in the summer after resigning as Leeds boss, has clearly identified the attacking department as one that needs strengthening, and no wonder as the club managed just 27 goals in the top-flight last term, and saw top-scorer Alvaro Negredo return to parent club Valencia earlier in the summer.
And landing Ligue 1 hotshot Braithwaite could turn out to be quite the coup for the 38-year-old, what with reported interest from Premier League duo Bournemouth and Brighton, and one that could seriously bolster their chances of securing an immediate return to the Premier League next time round.
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