BORO JOINED BY LEEDS IN DELAP CHASE
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boro are eyeing Delap as the solution to their right-back problems, as neither Curtis Fleming or England Under-21 international Robbie Stockdale are seen as long-term candidates.
The 24-year-old Irish international is very versatile, but caught the eye last season playing down The Rams` right, and The Teessiders, seemingly with either Bryan Robson or Terry Venables in charge, want the former Carlisle United ace.
However, it now appears that David O'Leary`s Leeds United could be ready to launch a bid for Delap, but only if they fail with a new attempt to prise Kieron Dyer from Newcastle United.
Reports are suggesting that the West Yorkshire club still have nearly £17 million left in their transfer kitty, despite breaking the British transfer record with the £18 million signing of Rio Ferdinand.
And O'Leary will first try to tempt England starlet Dyer from Newcastle, but it is believed Manchester United, Barcelona, AC Milan and Internazionale are monitoring the situation making any quick deal unlikely, and so Delap would, in turn, be the man Leeds could turn to.
But Boro are obviously in the driving seat and will attempt to press through a transfer within the next few weeks.