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“One million per cent” – Woodgate claims two Middlesbrough stars will be staying put

Middlesbrough have been relatively quiet in the transfer market so far, with just three new arrivals this summer.

Both Darren Randolph and Britt Assombalonga were linked with moves away, and with time running out to find replacements with just over a week until the window slams shut, Middlesbrough fans will be pleased to hear Head Coach Jonathan Woodgate’s latest comments.

“I’m 100 per cent sure Darren Randolph and Britt Assombalonga will be at the football club come Thursday, 100 per cent, one million per cent” he said.

Republic of Ireland ‘keeper Randolph was linked to Stoke, Aston Villa and West Ham, but with Jack Butland staying put at Stoke, Aston Villa chasing Burnley’s Tom Heaton, and West Ham dropping their interest in the Boro shotstopper, he looks to be staying at The Riverside Stadium for at least another season.

Randolph was the club’s player of the season last time out, and was rewarded for his performances with a place in the EFL team of the season.

Assombalonga hit 15 goals for the second consecutive season in a Boro shirt, and will be looking to continue his stellar pre-season form into the regular season, starting on Friday against Luton Town.

Cardiff City, Bristol City and Sheffield United were all reportedly interested in the 26-year old striker, but Woodgate has stated that keeping Assombalonga and Randolph will certainly help their push for promotion this season.

“If we can keep them type of players, the assets that we’ve got Dael Fry, Lewis Wing, Marcus Tavernier, if we can keep these players that will be great for us.”

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