Boro finally confirm Macca deal
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boro have kept relatively quiet on the whole affair until now, but boss Steve McClaren was understandably delighted to announce the deal, before he goes on holiday on Thursday.
"We're very pleased to say the least," McClaren said.
"I think negotiations with Empoli were longer than expected, but Maccarone is now a Middlesbrough player.
"I saw him early on for the Under-21s and we checked him again in the Championships," reveals McClaren.
"He did well and we've done our homework on him, he has great potential, has done ever so well, and we're pleased to be able to sign a player of that quality for Middlesbrough.
"He was much sought after in Italy but we've beaten everybody to his signature.
"I think the reason we got him was we went in straight away and showed we were very keen to do the deal.
"Once the player had seen the facilities and the ambitions of the club he saw how he could develop and improve his game instead of maybe going to other big clubs and not getting the opportunity he knows he'll get here.
"I think it is a great signing for the club, one which will excite the fans, not just for now, but for the future.
"It's something we advocated when we came in, that we wanted to bring the age of the squad down, wanted to introduce younger players and we've certainly done that by signing a 22-year-old centre forward who has great potential."
The £8.15 million represents a club record for Middlesbrough, breaking the £8 million they paid Aston Villa for defender Ugo Ehiogu in October 2000.