Boro smash club trans­fer record for As­som­ba­longa

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Mid­dles­brough have bro­ken their trans­fer record to sign striker Britt As­som­ba­longa from sec­ond-tier Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Nottingham For­est for a fee in the re­gion of £14 mil­lion (15.8 mil­lion eu­ros, $18.2 mil­lion). Boro, who were rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier League last sea­son, are be­lieved to have met a buy­out clause in the 24-year-old’s con­tract. As­som­ba­longa scored 14 goals in 33 games for a strug­gling For­est side last term and had also at­tracted the in­ter­est of Burn­ley, but Boro have got their man af­ter out­bid­ding the Pre­mier League club. The fee sur­passes the £12.7 mil­lion paid by the north-east club to Dutch side Heeren­veen for Brazil­ian striker Afonso Alves in Jan­uary 2008. “I can’t wait to get started and train with the boys,” As­som­ba­longa told Mid­dles­brough’s club web­site. “There’s a good feel­ing around the place. From the minute I walked in it felt right.” —AFP

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