DELAP LINKED WITH DOUBTFUL DEANE DEAL
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boro have been long-term admirers of the Republic of Ireland international, but Derby are not keen to sell, and especially not to a fellow relegation threatened team.
Reports though seem to think that using Deane as part of deal which would also include £3 million going to The Rams, could persuade Jim Smith to sell.
Blackburn were very keen on purchasing the former England international in the summer, but they could not agree a fee with the Teessiders.
New Boro head coach Terry Venables is currently assessing the squad, and whether he makes a move into the market before next year, is doubtful.