Middlesbrough were desperate to add more goals to their side, with the Teessiders having been the lowest scorers in the top half of the Championship last season.
The summer transfer window promised to be one of change for Middlesbrough, with new Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate taking the reigns. Purse strings were admittedly tight, but many fans expected high earners to depart and exciting young talent to arrive.
Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher and Rudy Gestede remained at the club, with Jordan Hugill returning to his parent club West Ham following his loan, and Martin Braithwaite signed for Spanish La Liga side Leganes.
According to Gazette Live, Middlesbrough were chasing two forwards who eventually signed for Championship rivals Cardiff City.
Robert Glatzel and Isaac Vassell arrived in South Wales from Heidenheim in Germany and Birmingham City respectively, but Boro couldn’t meet both sides valuation, ultimately strengthening in other areas of the pitch instead with Woodgate happy with his options.
Cardiff decided to pursue deals for the pair, spending £5.5 million on Glatzel and £2 million on Vassell, using their parachute payments from their relegation from the Premier League the previous campaign.
Cardiff City host Middlesbrough at the weekend at the Cardiff City Stadium, and Vassell and Glatzel will be hoping to making an impact.
The latter scored a hat-trick in pre-season against Woodgate’s side for Heidenheim, and Cardiff fans will be hoping he can hit a purple patch after netting his first of the campaign against Derby County at Pride Park last Friday evening.