Boro sign Assombalonga for club-record fee

Middlesbrough have broken their transfer record to sign striker Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a fee believed to be around £14m.

Assombalonga, who had signed a new five-year deal at the City Ground in September 2016,  broke Forest's record fee when he joined from Peterborough in August 2014 for around £5.5m. However, the deal to bring the 24-year-old to Teesside exceeds the £12.7m paid to Dutch side Heerenveen for Brazil striker Afonso Alves in January 2008.

 -I can't wait to get started and train with the boys. There's a good feeling around the place. From the minute I walked in it felt right. I’m glad it’s completed and I can focus on what’s ahead now. I can’t wait to meet the manager and get ready for next season. There’s a good feeling around the place. From the minute I walked in it felt right, said Assombalonga.

 The Congo international overcame a career-threatening knee injury to score 14 goals in 33 games for Forest last term.