Middlesbrough confirm second summer transfer as striker arrives from Bundesliga

Middlesbrough have confirmed their second signing of the summer transfer window with striker Delano Burgzorg arriving from Mainz 05. The 25-year-old has signed a four-year deal on Teesside with the fee undisclosed.

The Dutch striker hit seven goals on loan at Huddersfield Town last season and Michael Carrick is delighted to have brought a forward to the club who already has Championship experience.

“We’re really happy to bring him in," Carrick said. "He experienced the league last season, and we’re excited about what he’s capable of doing.

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“He’s a threat and will be real asset because he has different types of attributes to what we already have. He’s a good addition to the squad and being able to get things done early means he will be here for the start of pre-season.”

Burgzorg can play as a striker or on the left flank and will offer Boro an attacking threat that was perhaps missing at times last season. Born in Amsterdam, he is also eligible to play for Suriname, and has experience winning promotion during his time with Spezia in Italy.

He made the switch to Germany in 2022 to join Mainz, although stayed on loan at Heracles for the rest of the season. However, he only made a handful of Bundesliga appearances before heading to Huddersfield Town on loan last term. He was unable to help the Terriers avoid relegation to League One, but impressed at the John Smith's Stadium, scoring seven times and contributing three assists.

Burgzorg is Boro's second signing of the summer transfer window, following the permanent signing for former Leeds United right-back Luke Ayling.