The unusual deal that took Coventry City striker Lukas Jutkiewicz to Middlesbrough, initially on loan, have been revealed.
Jutkiewicz left Coventry for Middlesbrough on loan for just the one game and he will sign a four and a half year deal at The Riverside later today.
The deal is reported to be worth as much as £2.3 million to the cash strapped Sky Blues.
Jutkiewicz made his 'Boro debut, when he came on as a substitute in the second half in their 2-0 home defeat to Burnley on Saturday.
Coventry manager Andy Thorn is annoyed and disappointed at losing his leading scorer midway through a difficult season and Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray had to agree to a gentleman's agreement not to play Jutkiewicz to play against Coventry City at The Ricoh next Saturday in order for the deal to go through.
A disappointed Thorn said: “I’m obviously really disappointed to be losing Lukas but we’ll have to put up with that. At the end of the day, as I keep being told, it’s a business.
“I fought tooth and nail to keep him in the last window and I tried again in this window but it wasn’t to be. I can offer an opinion but I can’t control the purse strings.”
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray confirmed the gentlemans agreement not to play Jutkiewicz against his former club was necessary to secure the deal.
He said, "It’s unlikely he’ll be on the team sheet, the deal wouldn’t have happened unless we had a gentlemen’s agreement that he wouldn’t play.
“They were stalling and making it drag out and it probably wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t agreed not to play him next week.
“The Middlesbrough game was looming large in their board’s eyes; the prospect of Lukas coming back and scoring against them, so just to push the thing through and make it happen for this weekend I had a conversation with their manager and we agreed we wouldn’t play him next week.
“Lukas is coming for the next three or four years helping us get where we want to be and it’s a long-term thing not a short-term thing.
"We’ve been fine without him this season so one more week won’t make a difference.”