Boro forward Martin Braithwaite has asked to leave the club, Tony Pulis has revealed.
Braithwaite has been the subject of strong interest from Girona and Leganes over the past week as the transfer window’s closure looms.
The Danish international had previously told Pulis of his desire to leave in January before his loan move to French side Bordeaux.
And now it’s a case of deja vu for Boro with the 27-year-old looking to force through a move away from the Riverside before Friday’s 5pm deadline.
In Thursday’s pre-match presser, Pulis said: “Martin came in to see me yesterday, there’s a Spanish club that have come in for him,”
“He would like to go to Spain and he’s expressed his wish. We’ll see how that develops over the next 24 hours.
“It’s a bit of a disappointment but that’s the way the world works.
“There are a few things in the pipeline that we are trying to achieve. I just want players who want be here for Middlesbrough, as I’ve said before it’s a smashing club and a club that people should be proud to be at and to work for.”
Braithwaite has played a crucial role in Boro’s high-flying start to the season, scoring in the opener against Millwall and following that up with a goal in the first home game against Sheffield United.
But the Dane, fresh from his international exploits at the World Cup, looks set to leave the club he only signed for last summer.
And the clock is ticking for Boro to find a suitable replacement.