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Middlesbrough Confirm Loan Departure of £9m Danish Forward

Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite has joined La Liga side Leganes on loan for the rest of the season.

The Danish international handed in a transfer request in the summer before a deadline day switch to the Spanish side collapsed back in August.

Braithwaite has now gotten his wish, and he will spend the next six months away from the Championship club.

The 27-year-old was signed by Garry Monk for £9m in July 2017, but he has never fully established himself at the Riverside Stadium.

He made the switch to Bordeaux on loan last January but returned to England in the summer. The player’s future on Teesside has always looked in doubt with manager Tony Pulis suggesting that the player has been keen to move on for a while:

“I have not had a lot of time with him, I had two or three weeks before he went last season on loan, and four or five months this season. Good luck if he wants to go. He wanted to go in the summer. He has got his move now.”

During his time at Boro, Braithwaite has scored nine goals in 40 appearances, but he has only managed to hit the back of the net three times this campaign, making just two first-team appearances for the club since November.