Boro continue Franck discussions

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LENS have confirmed that talks with Middlesbrough over the future of on-loan defender Franck Queudrue are continuing.

The French B international has been one of major plus points for Boro this season and the player has hardly put a foot wrong for the Teessiders since his debut last October.

Boro fans have taken the 23-year-old to their hearts and they are hoping that his move will be made permanent.

Middlesbrough could have bought Queudrue on March 15 for a set fee, but the French club confirmed to planetfootball.com that did not happen and added they are continuing to talk.

"They have missed a deadline, but talks are continuing," said Lens media officer Isobel Dupont to planetfootball.

"Middlesbrough had to tell Lens before the 15 March what their position was and now talks are continuing.

"The two clubs are discussing now, they did have to tell us before then whether they wanted him or not, which they have."

Boro boss Steve McClaren confirmed that despite not taking up the first option, he is still interested.

"There was an option to buy him at a pre-set price. We've not taken that option up," said McClaren.

"We hope something can be sorted out at the end of the season. It's a case of working something out between the club and Lens between now and the summer."

"I think the most important thing is that Franck wants to stay here and he knows that we would like him to stay."

Meanwhile, Boro continue to be linked with a host of foreign forwards, the latest being Panathinaikos' Giorgias Karagounis.

The 25-year-old is rumoured to have caught Boro's eye while they watched his team-mate Derek Boateng.

Reports in Greece are suggesting that Boro could launch a bid for the pair in the summer. Both players are thought to be very keen on making the move to England.