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Transfer Round Up: Blades Target £15m Rated Boro Marksman, Chelsea Secure Stoke Starlet And West Brom Eye ‘Next Ozil’

Sheffield United are interested in signing Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga, according to reports in the local media.

The 26-year-old is available this summer with Boro boss Tony Pulis ready to let the £15m rated forward leave despite topping the club’s goalscoring charts with 16 goals in all competitions this season.

Chelsea have reportedly agreed terms to sign Stoke centre-back Mohamed Akandji despite their transfer ban.

FIFA have given permission for the Blues to sign players via the EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan), with the 17-year-old now likely to move to Stamford Bridge this summer after an impressive season in the Potters’ under 18s.

West Brom have been monitoring the progress of Mainz attacking midfielder Erkan Eyibil if reports in the Turkish media are to be believed.

The 17-year-old has been compared to Mesut Ozil, but he has yet to play a senior game. His performances at youth level have, though, attracted the interest of the Baggies as well as West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa.