Middlesbrough have set their price tag for striker Britt Assombalonga, who could be on his way out of the club this transfer window. According to The Northern Echo, Boro have set an asking price of £15 million for the want away forward.

Britt Assombalonga’s reported bust up with Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has put plenty of Championship clubs on high alert. Leeds United, Birmingham City, Swansea City and Nottingham Forest have all expressed an interest in recent weeks, and Boro have now named their price.

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Middlesbrough paid Nottingham Forest £15 million for Assombalonga’s services last summer, and they will be looking to recuperate that fee if they decide to sell. The forward is Boro’s record signing, and he scored a total of 15 goals last season.

The price tag has reportedly put off Birmingham City, who will not be able to afford such a sizeable fee. Nottingham Forest have already spent £20 million so far this window, leaving only Leeds and Swansea in the race at the moment.

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Middlesbrough are already looking to replace the number-nine, with the likes of Burnley’s Sam Vokes and Ipswich Town’s Martyn Waghorn linked in recent weeks. Both strikers would likely be priced significantly less than Boro’s valuation of Assombalonga.

The Teessider’s got their pre-season underway against Sturm Graz in Austria this week, and the DR Congo international was not named in the starting eleven or amongst the subs. The striker’s time at Middlesbrough looks to be coming to an end; it just depends on who is willing to meet the £15 million asking price. Whether that is Leeds, Swansea or Forest remains to be seen.

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