Martin Braithwaite's Middlesbrough future set to be decided - with French club keen
Martin Braithwaite might be set for a permanent switch from the Riverside Stadium, with Bordeaux hinting that they could turn his loan into a longer-term deal.
The Danish international joined Gus Poyet's side on loan in January and has gone on to net four times in his 14 appearances for Bordeaux.
And that form has prompted interest from Les Girondins, with sporting director Ulrich Rame hinting that a permanent deal could be discussed.
Braithwaite struggled to find his best form after moving to Teesside last summer and fell out of favour at Middlesbrough following the appointment of Tony Pulis, who shipped him out on loan shortly after taking charge.
And despite still having three years to run on his contract at Boro, the 26-year-old could be set for a move away with Rame praising his impact.
Speaking to French sports newspaper L'Equipe ahead of Bordeaux's game at Metz - in which Braithwaite netted during a 4-0 win - Rame said: "He arrived in a context that was not obvious.
"But today he brings all that is expected of him: punch, speed and depth. It is a complete striker.
"There is a reflection on him (to lift the option to buy). Today, there is still a game, but a definite point will be made from Monday."
L'Equipe report that the option to buy within Braithwaite's loan values him at â‚¬8.5million which would likely see Boro recoup a great deal of the they spent to bring him to the club in 2017.