London, United Kingdom | AFP | 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.”
The former Peterborough striker becomes Garry Monk’s fifth close-season signing since he took charge at the Riverside Stadium, following the arrivals of Martin Braithwaite, Jonny Howson, Cyrus Christie and Connor Roberts.