Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite has asked to leave the club, Boro boss Tony Pulis has confirmed.
Braithwaite, who represented Denmark at this summer’s 2018 World Cup, is understood to be seeking a move to a team in Spain.
The 27-year-old joined the Championship club in July 2017 from Toulouse on a four-year deal.
“I get very, very disappointed that people come here, spend a short time and are looking to get off again,” manager Tony Pulis said.
“That’s what really disappoints me when they’ve signed long-term contracts.”
It is not clear which Spanish club Braithwaite would like to join but a deal will have to be done quickly if it is to happen as the European transfer window shuts on Friday night.
Braithwaite has scored in three of his first five Championship games this season.
In the 2017/18 campaign, he scored six times in 21 matches before joining Bordeaux on loan in January.
“It has to be right for the football club. If it’s not right for the football club he’ll have to get his head down and work hard for us,” Pulis added.
“But it doesn’t help 48 hours before a big game when one of your better players, and he has been one of our better players so far, is actually thinking of going somewhere else.
“Martin’s not a bad lad, he’s been very good around the place, he works hard, he’s diligent, but I want players that want to play for the football club.”
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