BORO LINKED WITH DOUBLE RAM RAID
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Former Derby assistant Steve McLaren is expected to be unveiled within the next week as Bryan Robson`s successor at The Riverside and a move for the two players he has previously worked with has been strongly suggested.
Manchester United`s psychologist Bill Beswick, who was also at Derby with McClaren, is ready to follow his friend to Teesside and the relationship they both had with Christie and Delap during their time at Pride Park are said to be strong.
McClaren played an integral part in taking both players to Pride Park and with Jim Smith needing to raise his own transfer funds, a bid of £10 million for both would be hard to turn down.
Christie, valued at £6 million, was spotted at Nuneaton by McClaren and given his Premiership break and the England Under-21 international is thought to be keen on joining his former mentor.
Delap was a long-term transfer target for previous incumbent Robson and McClaren could push through Boro`s previous interest an tempt his former boss Smith with a bid of around £4 million.
McClaren is likely to have a very busy time in the next month as he analyses the squad and also looks to be busy in the transfer market with a host of players including Aston Villa skipper Gareth Southgate being rumoured to be first on the Manchester United assistant manager`s shopping list.
A budget in excess of £20 million given to the new Boro boss by chairman Steve Gibson is likely to be used plentifully by McClaren.