Andraz Sporar is said to be available for a fee of around €6million this summer after his loan move to Middlesbrough. Sporting CP are reportedly offering the striker a reduced fee as he failed to secure a move to Boro under the terms of the original loan deal.
When Boro signed the Slovenia international on loan last season, the deal included a virtual obligation for Boro to buy him permanently for an estimated fee of around €8.5million if Boro were promoted to Premier League or if he scored 15 goals. But Sporar would only manage eight as his form dipped in the second half of the campaign and he fell down the pecking order under Chris Wilder.
With Wilder preferring more mobile and quick forwards, Boro is unlikely to accept the option to re-sign the 28-year-old, Portuguese outlet Jornal de Noticias have reported. Their report notes that Boro was notified of the price drop about a month ago, but took no action on it.
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Instead Wilder and Boro’s recruitment team are looking elsewhere to bolster their attacking options for next term, with a prolific goalscorer a high priority but options are needed as Sporar left the club in the summer along with fellow loaned forwards Aaron Connolly and Folarin Balogun. As evidenced throughout the campaign, Wilder enjoys spinning his front two due to the amount of work he demands of them in the press.
Sporar, meanwhile, faces an uncertain future with his time in Lisbon seemingly over but as things stand a lack of interest in his services.