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Middlesbrough set to sanction major departure as EFL rivals make move for central figure



Middlesbrough are preparing to offload Britt Assombalonga on a busy Transfer Deadline Day, according to the Northern Echo.

The striker is facing an uncertain future at the club with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.

It’s well known that Assombalonga is the club’s highest-earning player and that has sparked questions over his long-term future at the Riverside Stadium with the Teessiders looking to trim their wage bill.

With no new contract yet signed it has opened the door to a January move – something that now seems likely.

Reports are claiming that Assombalonga is set to join Bristol City before the 11pm deadline.

The Robins are looking to strengthen their attacking line and are said to be on the cusp of a £2million move for the 28-year-old.

Deadline Day is Middlesbrough’s last chance to recoup a fee for a player who they forked out a club-record £15million for just four years ago.

Whether a deal will be completed before the window slams shut remains to be seen, but it certainly looks like all parties are determined to get the move over the line.

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The Verdict

This is a move that seems to make sense for all parties.

Bristol City are determined to sign a striker and for a fee of £2million a switch for Britt Assombalonga would be seen as something of a bargain.

For Middlesbrough it also makes sense to bring in a transfer fee, while the opportunity to get his hefty wage packet off the books is bound to be appealing.

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