Former Nottingham Forest talisman Britt Assombalonga has found himself a new club – and it could surprise more than a few people.
Despite a pedigree of being a proven Championship performer, the player has embarked on an overseas adventure.
The former Middlesbrough star has joined the newly-promoted Turkish side Adana Demirspor. He signs on a free transfer after his contract expired at the end of last season.
Assombalonga signed for Boro in 2017, costing them a few of £15 million from Forest. During his time at the Riverside Stadium, he fired 47 goals in 161 appearances.
Incidentally, his final goal for Boro came at the City Ground. He scored the first during a 2-1 win over Forest but finished the campaign on the fringes of the first team.
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It had been claimed that Rangers were interested in signing the striker. Some outlets even claimed tentative interest from Forest in re-signing their former star man.
Both clubs have missed out though and Assombalonga will now ply his trade in Turkey. Adana were promoted last season after winning the second tier.
Some Forest fans might have welcomed their former star back to the club. At the City Ground, he was adored by supporters, scoring 30 goals from 69 appearances.
Assombalonga now a ship that’s sailed for Forest
The 28-year-old looked destined to stay in Britain. Rangers were keen, whilst several Championship clubs will have been monitoring the situation.
Forest will be in the market for a striker this summer. Both Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor struggled last season and they need some support.
Assombalonga would have probably proved another short-term fix. As a result, the club has probably done well to steer well clear of this one.
The striker will be on a lucrative deal in Turkey and it will be intriguing to see how he ends up doing.