According to The Hartlepool Mail, Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga is attracting interest from Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
The number nine joined Middlesbrough for a club-record fee of £15 million, and ended the season as the club’s top scorer with 15 goals. He has been generating a lot of attention from other sides, and the latest club to show an interest is Fenerbahce.
The Turkish giants currently have former-Spurs striker Roberto Soldado and Brazilian forward Fernandao on their books, but are looking to freshen up their side with a more youthful pacey player to lead the line, and Assombalonga could be the answer for a relatively cheap price.
Middlesbrough will be looking to recuperate the majority of the £15 million they paid to Nottingham Forest at the start of last season. But given Fenerbahce’s size as a club, this shouldn’t be a problem for the Turkish side.
However, it is reported that Fenerbahce will be looking to bring in Assombalonga on a season-long loan initially, with a view to buy should the move be successful. This could be out of the question for Middlesbrough, who presumably wouldn’t let the 15-goal striker go easily.
Fener finished second in the Turkish Superlig behind eventual champions Galatasaray, and they will be looking to go one better next season. The club have just appointed former Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs scout Damien Comolli as their Sporting Director last week, and he is a looking for a complete refresh at the club.
Middlesbrough so far this window have been linked with FC Zurich striker Michael Frey, as well as Burnley forward Jonathan Walters. Both could be seen as direct replacements if Assombalonga is set to depart.