Middlesbrough are set to win the race to sign Nottingham Forest’s Britt Assombalonga after Burnley dropped out of the running according to a report from the Nottingham Post.
The 24-year-old striker had been out of action for a long time before finally having a full season of fitness this year where he was finally able to just concentrate on playing football. And he made the most of it, scoring 14 goals in 33 appearances showing why Forest spent so much money on him to bring him in from Peterborough United back in 2014.
But this led to a bidding war between Middlesbrough and Burnley, both of who wanted to sign Assombalonga this summer. It was presumed that Burnley would be the favourites to win this fight as it would give the former Watford man the chance to play in the Premier League. But it was in fact Boro who would end up taking the lead as they decided that they would spend a lot of money on making sure they would get the forward, placing a £14m bid for him.
And because Burnley are not willing to match this bid and have had two bids of a lesser value rejected, they have realised they will not be able to sign Assombalonga and have now dropped out of the race to sign him. This gives Middlesbrough a free run of signing the talented forward and should be able to complete the deal should they get through contract negotiations with the player himself. And considering Middlesbrough are willing to double his wages, that shouldn’t be an issue.