Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has admitted that Dutch striker Marvin Emnes may finally be about to leave the club, according to Sky Sports.
Emnes came off the bench to score the equaliser in injury time at the Riverside on Saturday to earn his side a 1-1 draw against Blackpool, yet there was no celebration from the player, fuelling speculation the striker knows his time at the club is drawing to a close.
"Let's see what the next few weeks brings with Marvin," said Mowbray.
"If he stays he will definitely help us. He is the type of player we like - comfortable with the ball at his feet. He scored 18 goals two seasons ago, and I want to help him. I like Marvin. I always have done. When I arrived he was on loan at Swansea and I brought him back.
"His career here has been high then low, high then low.”
The Dutchman cost Boro £3.2 million from Sparta Rotterdam in 2008 when the Teessiders were still in the Premier League. He had represented Holland at under-21 level and netted on his Boro debut against Yeovil in the League Cup.
Yet Emnes has never been a prolific goalscorer at Boro (just 24 league goals in 123 games) and it seems Mowbray is now willing to sacrifice the 25-year-old striker in favour of someone more ruthless in front of goal.
That man could be Scotland international striker Ross McCormack, who is the subject of a third transfer offer from Middlesbrough after two initial bids of £1 million and £1.3 million were rejected by Leeds United.
It is thought McCormack, who also equalised for his side in their 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, is content at Elland Road but the striker has conceded that he could leave if Leeds were to accept an offer.
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