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Middlesbrough’s £7m striker nears exit – expected to leave this week

According to reports in Spain by publication AS, Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite will sign for La Liga side Leganes this week.

Braithwaite was on loan at Leganes in January, and impressed during his time in Spain, scoring five goals and registering five assists in 21 games. He had previously expressed his desire to leave Middlesbrough saying that he won’t be playing for the club again, and it always looked likely to happen.

He has already played in pre-season for Boro, and Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate was full of praise for the Danish international, stating that he was ‘the best player in training’ and that he wanted him to stay past the transfer deadline.

The report states that Leganes will announce the signing of Braithwaite as early as tomorrow, in a deal believed to be in the region of €5 million. The 28-year old forward will reportedly sign a three or four year deal.

Boro look to be making a loss, having signed the striker for £8 million from French side Toulouse in 2017. He went on to make just 36 appearances over the course of two years for the Teesside club, scoring eight goals.

However he has had two loan spells away from the North-East during his couple of years on the books at Boro, spending half a season with Bordeaux in France in 2018 before joining Leganes in January this year.

Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher and Rudy Gestede look to be the three in competition for the number nine role under Woodgate next season, and it is not known whether he wants to dip into the transfer market to find a replacement for Braithwaite as of yet.

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