As reported by Fleetwood Weekly News, Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has stated they will have to sell striker Wes Burns if their valuation is met.

Fleetwood’s Burns has been linked to Middlesbrough this week, with Boro Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate keen on bringing in a few new faces before Thursday’s 5pm transfer deadline.

Burns only signed a new deal last summer which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2020, or the end of the season. Barton is keen to not allow Burns to leave on a free, and thinks if the price is right Fleetwood may have to sell.

“We have already had interest for players. We are sensible about it” he said.

“We want players to come to Fleetwood and help us to get promoted.

“Off the back of that, bigger clubs with bigger budgets will want to come and steal your best players. We need to make sure they do not get stolen from us and move on with a fair assessment and a fair price for everyone.”

“As it stands, I think the club has to sell players. That is something that we have to do. Unfortunately in the past players have gone out of the building on frees. It has not been ideal.”

Burns impressed last season in League One for The Fishermen scoring 7 goals, and the former-Wales under-21 international has certainly caught the eye of Boro boss Woodgate, who is looking for ‘young, hungry players’ to play for Middlesbrough this season.