Scottish Premiership champions Celtic will have to break their transfer record if they want to sign Assombalonga from Championship hopefuls Boro.

Celtic and Cardiff City have joined the race to sign Middlesbrough’s £15 million record signing Britt Assombalonga, according to the Northern Echo.

Two years ago, Assombalonga was one of the most coveted strikers in England, even if injuries had limited his game time in the famous red shirt of Nottingham Forest. So Boro pulled off one hell of a coup when they snapped him up despite interest from a whole host of rival clubs, making the former Watford youngster their most expensive signing ever.

Assombalonga was supposed to be the prolific goal-scorer Middlesbrough needed to seal their return to the Premier League. With that in mind, however, he has been something of a disappointment.

While hardly helped by playing in a typically pragmatic Tony Pulis team, the Congo international has managed a relatively meagre 28 goals in 85 Championship games to cast doubt on his future at the Riverside.

A Cardiff team who’s lack of firepower resulted in their Premier League relegation last season are interested, as are Scottish Premiership champions Celtic. Assombalonga certainly has the talent to score goals for fun north of the border, perhaps filling a Moussa Dembele shaped hole in The Hoops attack.

But with Boro wanting to recoup every penny of that £15 million investment, could Celtic and Cardiff really afford Assobmalonga? Fulham and Sheffield United have already baulked at his price-tag, according to TEAMtalk, and Celtic would have to shatter their own transfer record by £6 million to get him.

Considering they have already spent over £10 million this summer, Celtic might need a cheaper option.

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