Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: No Guarantee on Didier Deal; Boro Silent as Paris St Germain Hit Back at Player

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: No Guarantee on Didier Deal; Boro Silent as Paris St Germain Hit Back at Player

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Byline: JACK PICKERING

MIDDLESBROUGH last night refused to be drawn into a war of words with Paris St Germain over their pursuit of Didier Digard, writes JACK PICKERING.

The frustrated Frenchman hit out at his club on Monday, claiming they were delaying his proposed pounds 4m switch to the Riverside because of a row over how the fee is to be paid.

However, PSG retaliated yesterday, insisting they were awaiting bank guarantees from Boro and dismissing Digard's accusations.

In a statement on the club's official website, www.psg.fr, they said: "Twelve days after an agreement in principle between PSG and Middlesbrough for the transfer of Didier Digard, the club's directors are still waiting for bank guarantees from the English club.

"After two hours of discussion, an agreement was come to. A rate of instalments for the payment of the transfer was also decided upon.

"Part of the details of the agreement on the part of the English club was to provide PSG with bank guarantees. Up until now, these guarantees have not been presented.

"Nevertheless, negotiations continue in a climate of reciprocal confidence. In conclusion, the declarations by the PSG player Didier Digard are false, especially as the player has wished to leave PSG since December 2007."

Boro declined to comment publicly on the development, although privately, they remain confident the deal will eventually be done.

Digard has been far from silent throughout Boro's pursuit and his impatience says much about the intentions of a man who only joined PSG from Le Havre last summer.

Injuries limited his participation last season and he will be keen to return to regular action should he eventually get his wish.

Boro chief executive Keith Lamb, who conducts the detail of the club's transfer business, revealed last week they hope to have up to three new signings in place by the time manager Gareth Southgate and his players return for pre-season training on Monday. …

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