Maes said: “If there is no breakthrough in his transfer, I expect him just at the club. However, I do expect a breakthrough. Jelle himself has made it clear that his future lies elsewhere.”
The 26-year-old Belgian international striker made 40 appearances for Boro this term, scoring nine goals and registering three assists. Whilst not a great season in front of goal, he was one of the most hard-working players in the squad, and it would come as a surprise if Aitor Karanka did not want to take up the option to sign him permanently.
Vossen is certainly pushing for a move away from the club, and it is likely that Boro will be one of the first clubs in line for his signature. Having already enjoyed a campaign at the Riverside Stadium he is sure to favour that move above any others.
There are no indications of a fee the Teeside club would have to pay to sign Vossen, but with only two years left on his contract, and with him pushing for a summer transfer, it could be that they secure the talented forward on a cut-price deal.
With Boro looking to go one step further next season, winning promotion to the Premier League rather than falling at the final hurdle, Vossen’s capture on a permanent basis would be a real sign of intent from the club.