OKON LOOKING AT OPTIONS - CROSSLEY NEW DEAL
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
MIDDLESBROUGH'S Paul Okon wants to stay in The Premiership when he leaves the Teesside club in the summer.
The Australian captain has already been told by manager Steve McClaren that he will not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires in the summer.
But the former Lazio man still wants a chance to prove himself in the Premiership.
"I want a new club as soon as possible," he said.
"I think I should be playing in The Premiership. I believe that I'm good enough.
"Football is all about options and I accept that, but it is frustrating for me not playing."
A move to London is being suggested as Okon's preffered option, with Charlton, West Ham and Tottenham all being linked with a possible swoop.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough second-choice goalkeeper Mark Crossley has stated that he wants a new deal at The Riverside.
"I am out of contrcat in the summer and would like to discuss a new deal," said the Welsh international.
"I want to stay at Middlesbrough, I am happy here, but at my age you would like to be playing first team football."
Brian Deane has finally completed his move to Leicester City by putting pen-to-paper on an 18-month contract.
The 33-year-old was delighted to have finally sealed the move and he hopes to be a success at Filbert Street."This is a big chance for me to restart my career and show people what I can do," Deane told the club's official website.
"I've taken a few steps back over the past year or so and this is my opportunity to start all over again.
"Obviously the 'goals for' column doesn't make good reading at the moment and somebody has to improve that. With me being the new boy I suppose a lot of that will be down to me. "It's all about everybody chipping in but if I can finish as the club's top scorer then I'll be very happy. That's got to be my aim," added Deane.