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Friday, 12 October, 2001, 15:33 GMT 16:33 UK
Boro bag Queudrue
Franck Queudrue
Queudrue hopes to win a permanent deal at Boro
Franck Queudrue could make his Middlesbrough debut against Charlton on Saturday if the club can get international clearance for their new loan signing.

But midfielder Jerome Leroy will not be moving to the Riverside Stadium after opting to fight for his place at Marseille

The 26-year-old asked the French league to cancel his contract after being dropped but he has since had a change of heart following a recall to Marseille's first team squad.


I like the spirit in English football and I'm here for that
Franck Queudrue

Queudrue, a 23-year-old France B international, completed his move from Lens on Friday and revealed he hopes to win a permanent contract at Boro.

Manager Steve McLaren had been chasing a left-sided defender and previously failed with an approach for experienced Italian international Antonio Benarrivo.

"I've signed for one year and I will play for one year, but I hope for more time," Queudrue told the club's official website, www.mfc.co.uk.

"I'm very happy to be here. English football is very good and I've wanted to play here for a long time.

"I like the spirit in English football and I'm here for that."

McClaren's reputation as a coach, particularly on the international stage, was a key factor in the player's decision to accept his offer.

"He's a good coach and works with Sven Goran Eriksson in the England team," he said.

"I know about Jonathan Greening and Mark Wilson. They are good players, and I've played with Joseph-Desire Job, who is a good friend."

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