LUKAS Jutkiewicz may get the deciding vote on whether Middlesbrough offer him up for sale this summer.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka is planning talks with the striker over his future after a successful loan spell at Wanderers that saw him score seven goals in 20 outings.
Talk on Teesside suggests the Spaniard wants to raise cash to fund his own signings this summer – but his £2million valuation of the 24-year-old looks to be out of Bolton’s reach, unless they sell one of their big names.
Dougie Freedman has said he wants to avoid short-term fixes next season but could potentially be open to a season-long deal, if it suits all parties.
Karanka has loaned out a handful of players since the turn of the year and wants to assess their views before deciding his next move.
“I need to speak to them because I need to know their feelings,” he said.
“I am very happy with him (Jutkiewicz) because I told him when he went to Bolton that the most important thing is that at the end of the season Bolton are happy, Lukas is happy and we are happy.
“That’s what has happened, after four months we are all happy.”
Jutkiewicz has made no secret of his desire to remain in the North West, stating back in March that he would love the clubs to “come to an agreement to let me stay longer.”
He bid goodbye to his Bolton team-mates after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Birmingham City, after which David Wheater told The Bolton News Jutkiewicz was still holding out hope that a move can be agreed.
“He’s told me he wants to stay,” Wheater said. “But when he’s scored all the goals he has, maybe Middlesbrough will want to put him in.
“It’d be good to have someone to swap Boro stories with.”