Middlesbrough have agreed on a deal to sign Martin Braithwaite on a 4-year-contract, confirmed the club on their Official Website. The Denmark international, who passed his medical earlier today has reportedly cost Boro £9 million, according to the Gazette.
An attacking midfielder, who can also play as a winger, the 26-year-old scored 11 goals in 34 league appearances for Toulouse last season. The signing of the Danish international is the third signing of the summer for the Championship side after Jonny Howson and Cyrus Christie (from Norwich City and Derby County respectively).
Garry Monk is starting to shape his squad for the upcoming season, and an attacking midfielder would have been on high on his list of priorities ahead of the new season given their lack of goals in the Premier League.
The Smoggies scored just 27 goals in the first division last season and lost their highest scorer and highest assist maker Álvaro Negredo as he returned to Valencia from the loan spell.
Garry Monk knows that his side need goals to jump right back to the Premier League, and a midfielder who has reached double figures in each of the last two seasons for a fee around £9 million could prove to be a bargain. Especially if he manages to continue his form in the Championship.
New Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk during a press conference