Should Newcastle take gamble and join race for Boro's Assombalonga?

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez on the touch line during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Britt Assombalonga has been linked with a Middlesbrough exit so should Newcastle United consider a move?

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough looks on during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside Stadium on May 12, 2018...

The future of Britt Assombalonga as a Middlesbrough player has been cast into doubt since HITC reported the striker had a training ground bust-up with manager Tony Pulis.

The pair clashed while in Austria during the club's pre-season training camp and their relationship is understood to be strained, leading to the Northern Echo reporting Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest are interested in signing the 25-year-old.

Tony Pulis, Manager of Middlesbrough looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in...

It seems a departure from the Riverside Stadium is a distinctly realistic possibility for Assombalonga and while the Democratic Republic of Congo international is proven at Championship level, should Premier League clubs be taking note?

Where could he go in the top flight?

Newcastle United are desperately searching for new signings upfront, with the Chronicle reporting that boss Rafa Benitez wants at least one new player in the position through the door at St James' Park before their pre-season friendlies start.

The Magpies have been linked with Nice's Alassane Plea and Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion, but are likely to face strong competition for both forwards.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez on the touch line during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Of course moving for Assombalonga would represent a risk for the Magpies, especially as the attacker has had injury problems in the past and Boro would be looking to recoup as much of the record £15m (BBC) fee they paid Forest for the African last summer.

That said, with an impressive scoring record wherever he has played perhaps it is time to give the former Reds star a chance in the top flight of English football.

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