Report: Middlesbrough could sell four first-team players including Britt Assombalonga

Tony Pulis, Manager of Middlesbrough during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Middlesbrough and Burton Albion at Riverside Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Middlesbrough, United...

Cash-strapped Boro may need to sell before they can add to Tony Pulis's Championship promotion-chasing squad.

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesborough celebrates scoring their second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Middlesborough at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy...

Middlesbrough may have to sell a few players if they want to bring in some new faces during the final few weeks of the January transfer window.

According to the Northern Echo, the cash-strapped Northerners could be willing to listen to offers for Grant Leadbitter, Ashley Fletcher, Rudy Gestede and record signing Britt Assombalonga, but finding buyers may be easier said than done.

 

The report claims that manager Tony Pulis wants to add to his squad, with Rajiv Van La Parra the only arrival so far, but Boro’s financial position is making additions unlikely.

However, the high wages earned by the likes of Assombalonga and Gestede and co could put off fellow Championship clubs, while sides in the Premier League are unlikely to express any interest, the Northern Echo adds.

25th September 2018, Deepdale, Preston, England; Carabao football, third round, Preston North End versus Middlesbrough; Rudy Gestede of Middlesbrough comes under pressure from Jordan...

Back in July, the same publication stated that Boro were hoping to recoup £15 million for Assombalonga. But the 26-year-old’s reputation has taken a hit after losing his place in the starting XI this season.

Fellow strikers Gestede and Fletcher have also struggled for game-time, while the 33-year-old Leadbitter has made just one Championship start all season with his last league appearance coming back in August.

Lucas Akins of Burton Albion is challenged by Grant Leadbitter of Middlesbrough and Danny Batth of Middlesbrough during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Middlesbrough and Burton...

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