It looks like there will be no changes to Bristol City’s front-line on deadline day as the club have no interest in bringing in Middlesbrough’s Britt Assombalonga, per Gregor MacGregor.
A report from the Northern Echo last night suggested that the Boro striker was ‘set to complete’ a £2 million move to the Robins on deadline day, and that it wasn’t dependant on Famara Diedhiou specifically moving the other way.
But local City reporter MacGregor has quashed all speculation on Assombalonga, saying that the two clubs were in dialogue before the weekend but the 28-year-old is not a target for the Robins.
Assombalonga has hit double figures in every single Championship campaign he’s played in for both Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, but he’s scored just five times in 24 games so far this season and was an unused substitute at the weekend against Norwich City.
Despite being captain of the club, Assombalonga doesn’t look likely to be sticking around when his contract expires at the end of the season due to his wages, with the Echo stating that Neil Warnock will allow his departure if a replacement is sourced.
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Warnock has held an interest in Senegal international Diedhiou all month, but enquiries are seemingly as far as the Teessiders have gotten with that particular pursuit.
And City don’t expect a bid to come in from anyone that will be big enough for them to be tempted to sell, with Diedhiou also having a contract that expires in the summer and the club are willing to risk losing him for nothing.
With both Assombalonga and Diedhiou having expiring contracts at the end of June, talks of a swap deal made quite a bit of sense.
But now that seems dead, it seems unlikely that there would be any other clubs at Championship level who would take Assombalonga’s hefty wages on.
He hasn’t had the best of seasons and that could be a factor in both City’s lack of interest and Boro’s keenness to accept an offer, but it looks like the DR Congo international will be sticking around for a little while longer.