Martin Braithwaite joined Middlesbrough from Toulouse on a four-year contract last summer. He scored five goals and registered two assists in 19 appearances in the first half of the 2017/18 Championship season.

Middlesbrough allowed the Danish international join Bordeaux on loan in January and the deal was only until the end of this campaign.

Braithwaite scored three goals and registered two assists for Bordeaux in the second half of the season. He still has three years left on his contract at Middlesbrough and the Les Girondins technical director Ulrich Rame has expressed his desire in signing the Danish attacker.

Gus Poyet’s men face Metz in the last league tie of this campaign today. Rame stressed a final decision whether his side will sign Braithwaite or not will be taken from Monday.

“Yes, there is a reflection. Today, there is still a match, but a final decision will be made from Monday. He arrived in a context that was not obvious. But today, he brings all that is expected of him: punch, speed and depth. He is a complete attacker,” Rame told L’Equipe.

The French newspaper report Braithwaite’s loan has an optional buying clause of €8.5m, and that a deal now looks much likelier than it did a few months ago.