Middlesbrough fail in bid to bring Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday-linked Jelle Vossen back for second loan

Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium gates

HITC Sport understands that Genk are looking to move the Belgian forward out on a permanent agreement.

Genk have rejected an offer from Middlesbrough to re-sign Jelle Vossen on-loan for next season, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the player.

Vossen spent last season on-loan at The Riverside Stadium, and scored eight league goals from 23 starts, although he often played in a deep-lying role.

Boro have lost leading scorer Patrick Bamford, who has returned to parent club Chelsea following a productive loan spell, and he will not be returning to the club – but Vossen could yet.

However, his parent club Genk – who are understood to be looking for over £2million from any permanent agreement – are ready to sell this summer.

But Vossen impressed a number of clubs during his time on Teesside and Boro have a number of rivals for his signature.

Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday – an ambitious club with money to spend - and Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have both been linked with an approach in recent days.

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