July 13, 2017 14:06 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Middlesbrough eye £23m swoop for Braithwaite, Assombalonga

Middlesbrough eye £23m swoop for Braithwaite, Assombalonga

Toulouse captain Braithwaite, 26, was on Teesside on Thursday ahead of completing the formalities of his move. Talks are also ongoing for 24-year-old frontman Assombalonga.

Middlesbrough are set to complete the £9million signing of Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite and could follow that up with the £14m capture of Nottingham Forest’s Britt Assombalonga.

Toulouse captain Braithwaite, 26, was on Teesside on Thursday ahead of completing the formalities of his move.

But new boss Garry Monk is determined to make it a £23m double swoop with talks ongoing for 24-year-old frontman Assombalonga.

Middlesbrough are on the verge of completing a £9million deal for Martin Braithwaite (right)

Middlesbrough are on the verge of completing a £9million deal for Martin Braithwaite (right)

The Teesside club are also in talks over the £14million transfer of forward Britt Assombalonga

The Teesside club are also in talks over the £14million transfer of forward Britt Assombalonga

It would certainly prove a signal of intent from owner Steve Gibson were the club to land the pair.

Gibson said he wanted Boro to ‘smash’ the Championship after last season’s relegation from the Premier League and he has thrown his support behind Monk in the transfer marker.

Braithwaite - who has been capped 16 times - scored 11 times in Ligue 1 last season, while Assombalonga netted 14 goals in the second tier.

New Boro manager Garry Monk is determined to ensure both deals are completed this summer

New Boro manager Garry Monk is determined to ensure both deals are completed this summer

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