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One name we can now cross off the target list is that of Britt Assombalonga who yesterday made a move between Championship clubs in leaving Nottingham Forest for Middlesbrough in what was reported to be a £14 million transfer.

It must be a couple of weeks now since we supposedly made an offer of around £8 million for the striker with suggestions that we did go in with another offer potentially with a player involved in part exchange. Both offers, it is said, were turned down as was any supposed interest from fellow Premier League club Watford.

That left the field open for Middlesbrough who have now gone to war with their local rag the Teesside Gazette. “MFC would like to clarify that contrary to reports in Tuesday’s Teesside Gazette, the club’s new record signing Britt Assombalonga was a £15m transfer and not £14m as reported,” they said in an official statement.

They also went on to point fingers at the newspaper for being wide of the mark on their suggested wage figures and also put right some of the incorrect figures reported by the Gazette for the signing of Marten de Roon last summer when he arrived from Atalanta. The newspaper had reported £10.8m while the football club confirmed it was £8.8m with a further £900,000 based on him making 30 appearances.

Middlesbrough ended with “As a club, we are keen to ensure our fans receive the correct information and facts rather than read misinformation from outside sources.”

Ticks it is for Charlie Taylor, Jonathan Walters and Jack Cork but a cross for Assombalonga with another cross due shortly when Hull’s left-back Andrew Robertson makes the move to Liverpool.

We once signed David Nugent on loan and a supporter, requesting the signing’s name on the back of the shirt, ended with NUGNET. Perhaps it’s as well we didn’t sign ASSOMBALONGA.

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