Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga has had plenty of interest after the Teessiders said they would be open to offers for the £15 million man.

According to TEAMtalk, Bristol City are one of the sides keen on signing the Middlesbrough forward, and are willing to pay in excess of £10 million. Boro will be hoping to recoup most of the fee they paid to Nottingham Forest at the start of last season, paying £15 million, making him the club’s most expensive signing.

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Another side tracking the DR Congo international is Blackburn Rovers, according to Sky Sports. Tony Mowbray’s side recently recruited Assombalonga’s teammate Harry Chapman on a permanent deal, and are looking to The Riverside again for their next January signing.

The report suggests however that Rovers would prefer a deal for Southampton forward Sam Gallagher, who spent 2016/17 season on loan at the club, scoring 11 goals in 43 games.

Assombalonga has recently fell behind Jordan Hugill in the pecking order at Middlesbrough, and has started just three of the last 13 games, and has been an unused substitute for four of those fixtures. Although, given his limited time out on the field, he has scored twice in this time, taking his tally to seven for the season so far.

Rudy Gestede and Ashley Fletcher have also been told they can leave the club, which would leave only West Ham loanee Jordan Hugill as the only striker at the club. Given Middlesbrough are the lowest scorers in the top half, they could look for a replacement for Assombalonga before Thursday’s deadline if he is to depart.

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