Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Plot Summer Signings

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Plot Summer Signings

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Steve McClaren revealed today that Boro were already working hard to set up summer signings.

The Boro boss is determined to try to bring in new faces early in the summer - with a view to having new arrivals in place by the start of pre-season.

It's no secret that McClaren has identified an experienced striker as a necessary addition to the squad.

Leeds United's Mark Viduka is believed to top the list, and it's likely that Boro have already enquired about reviving last January's interest in the player.

But the Boro boss may also be looking to bring in a quality midfielder.

West Ham United's Michael Carrick is the latest to be linked with the club.

The Wallsend-born England international has been a virtual regular in the Hammers promotion push this season.

New signings are just part of the work going on, with McClaren also concentrating on keeping the current crop of players together - and hopefully winning the last three games of this campaign.

He said: "We are working very hard in several areas.

"We want to increase the squad, we want to keep the loan players and we want to keep those players that we have identified who will be out of contract.

"The first step is to keep this squad together.

"Together they have won a first trophy for the club and they have played some magnificent football, especially since the New Year.

"As long as we can keep this squad then we can continue to move forward.

"But we know that we have to build on it as well.

"If we can do that, then the future is very exciting for this football club."

McClaren and chief executive Keith Lamb are also looking to try to set up permanent deals for loan duo Danny Mills and Bolo Zenden. The pair have performed well for Boro, but it will require a lot of detailed financial negotiating to turn the loan deals into real moves. …

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