Middlesbrough are reportedly prepared to offload Britt Assombalonga this summer but we feel he may be tempted to move to Leeds United instead of Aston Villa.

Dean Smith’s side were interested in signing the attacker during the January transfer window, as were Championship leaders Leeds, but both sides failed in their pursuits for his signature.

Now, according to a report on the Bristol Post, Boro are ready to sell the striker because they need the money as they try to balance the books.

The 27-year-old has scored six times and registered two assists in all competitions this season and is valued at £6.3m (Transfermarkt).

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Given the position that the two clubs find themselves in, the DR Congo striker might prefer a move to Leeds instead of Villa. Marcelo Bielsa’s side seem to be on the up, as they currently lead the way in the Championship, while Smith’s team look like they’re going in the opposite direction.

Relegation is a serious possibility for Villa and the chance of playing top-flight football for Leeds could prove to be decisive in Assombalonga’s transfer decision.

Furthermore, Villa recently signed Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta, meaning that Assombalonga may not be the number one striker at Villa Park.

It seems like a major rebuild is needed at Villa, whereas Leeds look more like a complete package so it could be easier for the 27-year-old to settle in at the Yorkshire club.

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