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Middlesbrough striker Jutkiewicz completes move to Burnley
LUKAS JUTKIEWICZ has left Middlesbrough to join newly-promoted Premier League side Burnley on a three-year deal.
The striker has completed a move to Turf Moor that could eventually be worth around £2.25m, although some of the fee is understood to be dependent on appearance clauses.
Having bought Jutkiewicz for £1.3m when he moved from Coventry City in January 2012, Boro have managed to secure a profit despite the striker never really hitting the heights that were anticipated at the Riverside.
In total, the 25-year-old scored 15 goals in his 52 starts, with his two-and-a-half years on Teesside being peppered with injury problems.
He spent the second half of last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers, with Aitor Karanka having deemed his surplus to requirements despite a relative lack of attacking options within the Boro squad.
His departure, which follows hot on the heels of Marvin Emnes' exit to Swansea, has helped fund last week's capture of Spanish striker Kike, and could well lead to another forward joining the Boro squad before the end of the transfer window.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: "We’re looking forward to getting him into the group and making him feel welcome here.
"I still think there is development in Lukas, he’s 25 and has been around a little bit now and he finished last season very strongly.
"I feel there is even more to come and he’ll be hungry for that. He’ll be working with a good groupd who are all hungry to not only achieve things but to keep pushing themselves as individuals. That’s a big part of our mentality and he’ll fit into that very nicely.
“He’s a physical presence who can hold the ball up very well and link play. We think there is goals in him and it is very similar to the Sam Vokes story where he’s always done well and we’re looking for him to build on what he’s done.
“There is a nice demand now in that area of the pitch as all the players offer something different to the team so we’re happy with how that is developing.”
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