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Friday, 9 March, 2001, 17:29 GMT
Windass confident of Boro move
Dean Windass
Boro hope Windass can fire them to safety
Boro believe the 1m transfer of Dean Windass from Bradford City will be sanctioned by Premier League bosses.

Windass made his debut for the club in a friendly against St Johnstone at the Riverside Stadium on Thursday and while he is confident that the deal will go through, he is keeping his fingers crossed.

As far as I'm concerned, I'm a Middlesbrough player
  Dean Windass
"I've signed my contract anyway," he said.

"I just don't see there being any problems. It wasn't even mentioned to me.

There's never been any suggestion that there would be any snags. As far as I'm concerned, I'm a Middlesbrough player.

"It's put me on edge because this has been going on for long enough as it is.

"I thought it was all done and dusted, especially after playing. I'm just praying there's no problem - but I'm sure if there were, I wouldn't have played."

The original deal was understood to involve Middlesbrough paying 600,000 initially and a further 400,000 if the Riverside club avoided relegation.

Relegation battle

But the two sides are due to meet at Valley Parade on 5 May and it is believed the two clubs now realise the payment scheme could cause problems.

Bradford are expected to be condemned to relegation before the match with Boro likely to be scrapping for their Premiership survival.

A new deal, which will not compromise the integrity of the game, is expected to be completed between the two clubs.

The 31-year-old Bradford striker signed a deal to take him to Teeside until 2003 on Thursday.

But a Premier League spokesman said while the transfer had yet to be registered they would look closely at the transfer documents.

With nine games remaining, Boro are hovering precariously over the drop zone, one place and two points ahead of Manchester City.

They have lost just once in their last 12 Premiership games since Terry Venables took over first-team coaching duties but have won only three of those remaining games.

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