It appears Britt Assombalonga may be on his way out of Middlesbrough this summer, according to reports. HITC have claimed that the DR Congo striker was involved in an argument with boss Tony Pulis during a pre-season training camp and his future with the club is now in doubt.
An exit would come just over a year after he made the switch to The Riverside from Nottingham Forest.
Of course, he is a natural goalscorer in the Championship and most of the 24 teams at this level would like to have him on board. Perhaps none more so than Garry Monk at Birmingham City.
Birmingham boss Monk was being linked with a move for Assombalonga when Leeds United manager. Then, after leaving and taking up the post at Boro, he did make a move for the player.
He is clearly a huge fan of the player and Birmingham are in the hunt for a goalscorer this summer.
Currently, that appears to be Lewis Grabban, but Nottingham Forest are the frontrunners for his signature. So should Monk go for Assombalonga the second summer running?
Of course, a permanent deal would be out of the question right now. The 25-year-old, who scored 15 goals last season, cost a fee in the region of £15 million twelve months ago. They would want a similar amount in return, which Birmingham would not be able to afford.
But not many clubs will be willing to stump up that much this summer and if Pulis is not going to use him then getting his wages off the books would make sense. Birmingham could, therefore, be hopeful of a loan deal for the player.
It would be a bold transfer from Birmingham, who are hoping to move away from the relegation fight next season. It would no doubt be tough to put together, but Monk would love a chance to work with Assombalonga again and bring some attacking impetus to St Andrew’s.