Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate admits he's been resigned for some time to selling striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
"We feel at this moment in time that his head had been turned by the possibility of moving on, and I can understand that.
"He is a young lad, he wants to go and do different things and experience different things, and I then felt it was the best thing for us to get the best fee we possibly could.
"I have got a lot of time for him. He is a lovely lad. In the end, his head was turned and it looks as though he will be moving on.
"But he was a big player for us, especially last season for me. In the early part of the season, his goals kept us in matches and won us lots of games, and I wish him good luck.
"I do not think there is an ounce of malice in his body. He is a really lovely kid and I hope things work out for him as he hopes."