Report: Fulham and Sheffield United baulk at Middlesbrough's Britt Assombalonga's demands

Chris Wilder head coach

Championship giants Boro could lose Assombalonga, but could he play Premier League football for the first time at Sheffield United?

Middlesbrough forward Britt Assombalonga (9) holds off Glenn Whelan (6) of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park, Birmingham...

Middlesbrough are demanding £15 million for star striker Britt Assombalonga this summer with TEAMtalk claiming that such a fee is putting off both Fulham and Sheffield United.

Despite the departure of Tony Pulis, with whom Assombalonga never saw eye to eye, the 26-year-old is facing an uncertain future at the Riverside.

 

He is just one of a number of strikers Sheffield United are looking at as Chris Wilder’s side prepare for their first Premier League campaign in 12 years. Fulham, meanwhile, are hoping to return to the top flight at the first time of asking and signing a centre-forward with an excellent track record in the Championship wouldn’t be a bad idea.

TEAMtalk, however, points out that Middlesbrough want to recoup every penny of the £15 million they paid Nottingham Forest for Assombalonga two years ago – and such a fee could potentially scupper moves to Bramall Lane or Craven Cottage.

Britt Assombalonga in action for Boro during the FA Cup match between Middlesbrough and Newport County at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on Saturday 26th January 2019.

You could hardly blame Fulham if they were a little wary of paying huge sums for individual players this summer. After all, they spent over £100 million on new talent last year, only to finish 19th in the Premier League.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, apparently have reservations about shattering their transfer record for a player who has never played Premier League football before and rightly so.

And, according to TEAMtalk, this could force Assombalonga to consider a move to China or the Middle East.

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...

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