Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis provides update on striker sale - plus news of incomings on Teesside

Tony Pulis has offered an update on the future of Martin Braithwaite
Tony Pulis has offered an update on the future of Martin Braithwaite

Tony Pulis has revealed the latest on the future of striker Martin Braithwaite.

The Danish international is still yet to return to the club having represented his country at this summer's World Cup.

But the 27-year-old is expected back on Teesside next week, at which point Pulis says his future at the club will be assessed.

The striker, who only made the move to the Riverside last summer, spent the latter half of the season on loan at French side Bordeaux but a permanent move to the Ligue 1 side looks unlikely.

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Braithwaite has been heavily linked with a switch this summer having failed to impress at Boro thus far, and his manager says his future will be considered once he returns to the club.

“Martin comes back the end of next week so we'll assess that when he comes back and see where we are," said Pulis, speaking to the Teesside Gazette.

“We will be pleased to get everybody back and raring to go.”

Pulis also confirmed that the club will complete some deals before the start of the new Championship season - with both incomings and outgoings expected.

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However, the former West Brom boss is keen to take care of the club's funds and has warned that there is not a 'bottomless pit' of money.

And once again, the focus is on securing the right characters for the club.

“There's stuff that we want to do, there's some positions," he admitted.

"You'll see some in and some outs before the season starts but we've got to make sure they are right for the football club.

“The chairman spent a hell of a lot of money last year and it's not a bottomless pit. I'll desperately try to do my best to make sure everything balances off.”