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Middlesbrough transfer round-up: Update on Famara Diedhiou, Bristol City’s interest in Britt Assombalonga, Bettinelli latest

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Middlesbrough are gearing up for a busy summer in the transfer market.

With Neil Warnock’s side missing out on a spot in the Championship play-offs this term it means that attention will now turn towards strengthening the squad during the window.

The Teessiders will be hoping to make significant improvements to their squad if they’re to challenge, but what are the latest rumours doing the rounds?

Here’s the latest transfer news from the Riverside Stadium.

Famara Diedhiou

The Middlesbrough target has reportedly received offers from clubs abroad with his contract due to expire this summer.

Writing for Bristol Live, Gregort MacGregor explained: “Famara Diedhiou has been out of form the last few weeks for Bristol City, with the club’s results dipping since January: now 11 losses in the last 16 league games. In that time, since the close of the transfer window, Diedhiou has only scored against Middlesbrough, with two goals, an assist and a man of the match display on Teesside that night, from 18 games across all competitions for club and country.

“Some fans have naturally equated this to the powerhouse forward downing tools, but in reality the Senegal international has been starved of service.

“Bristol City have the second worst Expected Goals total in the division – only Sheffield Wednesday have a lower total according to WyScout – indicating that the Robins create the fewest chances in the whole league bar one side.

“As City improve, Diedhiou will be expected to hit the net more. Unfortunately a spate of injuries in midfield and defence make that unlikely in the short term at Ashton Gate. Diedhiou, meanwhile, is no closer to settling his longer-term future, with his contract ending in June. He has already received offers from abroad however as he weighs up his options.”

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Britt Assombalonga

Bristol City are not thought to be keen on a move for Britt Assombalonga this summer, according to Bristol Live.

The Middlesbrough striker is out of contract this summer and looks increasingly likely to leave the Riverside Stadium with no new deal yet to be confirmed.

The Robins were heavily linked with a move for the player in the January transfer window, however no move materialised.

They wrote: “Bristol Live understands that Britt Assombalonga is not a transfer target for this summer. The DR Congo international was reported on Wednesday as being of interest in the next months, but that is wide of the mark.

“Assombalonga was also linked with City in the January transfer window but it is believed that those rumours arose from the north east where Middlesbrough hoped to swap the 28-year-old for City’s Famara Diedhiou, a player that Neil Warnock remains an admirer of.

“But City didn’t have any interest in the player then or now.”

Marcus Bettinelli

Fulham hold the cards regarding Marcus Bettinelli’s future with the club holding an option to extend his contract, as per Football League World’s exclusive report.

The goalkeeper faces an uncertain future with his deal at the club due to expire in June, however a decision is unlikely to be made until the summer.

Should the goalkeeper leave Craven Cottage then Middlesbrough could be among the clubs interested in a move this summer.

The stopper has spent the season on loan at the Riverside Stadium and with Neil Warnock keen to sign a goalkeeper before the new season starts his potential availability could give food for thought.

Any potential interest from the Teessiders will hinge on the goalkeeper’s demands as Middlesbrough look to trim their wage bill ahead of the new season.


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