Boro are ready to part ways with £10m striker Martin Braithwaite, who signed in July 2017 from French Ligue 1 side Toulouse on a four-year contract.
Speaking after Boro’s draw with Derby County, Tony Pulis confirmed that Boro have granted Braithwaite permission to speak with La Liga side Leganes, reportedly on loan until the end of the season with an option to make it permanent.
“Braithwaite is talking to Leganes. It’s a club that was interested in him in the summer, obviously we didn’t want him to go in the summer but he’s over there talking to them now,” Pulis said.
“We think that’ll happen, so we’ll move on.”
The Danish International had been linked with a move away from Middlesbrough FC in the summer, with Leganes, Alaves, and Girona all strongly linked with a move for the striker.
Fellow Championship side Swansea City had also expressed an interest in Braithwaite, who is reportedly on £50,000 a week at Boro.
Pulis has made his feelings clear about players who aren’t committed to the cause, saying “the supporters of this club, it’s a big club, expect and demand a certain level. If the players are not delivering that then the people in the stands have the right to criticise.”
“As a player, person you have to prove you are good enough to play for this club and accept criticism at times.”
“There’s players here that joined last year who, for whatever reason, don’t enjoy being at the football club or being in the area. I find that extraordinary, for them to sign long contracts and then not be happy with the place and everything else.”