Sheffield United reportedly baulk at Middlesbrough's £15m Assombalonga asking price
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Sheffield United reportedly baulk at Middlesbrough's £15m Assombalonga asking price

Sheffield United are not prepared to pay the £15m Middlesbrough are asking for Britt Assombalonga, according to TEAMtalk.

Bristol City and Fulham are also interested in Assombalonga, but they too won’t pay what Boro are demanding.

The 26-year-old is unsettled at the Riverside and wants to leave. Assombalonga almost joined the Robins in January, but his current side are keen to recoup the £15m they paid Nottingham Forest for the forward in 2017.

That has put off those keeping tabs from England. However, there is now interest from China and the Middle East in the DR Congo international.

Why the Blades want Assombalonga

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Following promotion to the Premier League, the Sheffield Star reports United are in the market for at least two new strikers.

Assombalonga is one of those being rumoured with a move, although he is not the top target at Bramall Lane.

Apparently manager Chris Wilder is far more keen on Swansea City’s Oli McBurnie. McBurnie scored 24 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions last season.

While the 23-year-old has said he is excited about new boss Steve Cooper’s plans for the Swans, he is also thought to be flattered by the interest from South Yorkshire.

As well as being able to offer top flight football, the Blades are hoping a return home for the Leeds-born attacker could also prove tempting.

Another on Wilder’s list is Brentford star Neal Maupay. The 22-year-old was even more prolific than McBurnie last term, scoring 28 times.

According to the Sheffield Star, Maupay will cost around £20m. The Frenchman had been linked with a reunion with former Bees boss Dean Smith at Aston Villa, but as yet no offer has been forthcoming.

Finally, there is Charlie Austin, who has been linked with the Blades after being told he can leave Southampton. The Sun claims the Saints want £8m for Austin.

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