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.
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.
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