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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 July, 2004, 12:15 GMT 13:15 UK
Boro unveil Viduka
Mark Viduka
Middlesbrough have signed striker Mark Viduka for 4.5m from Leeds.

The 28-year-old Australia international passed a medical on Friday but had to sort out a dispute with Leeds before clinching a three-year Riverside deal.

Viduka scored 11 league goals last term and joins Dutch star Michael Reiziger, who signed for Boro on Tuesday.

"I really want to win something and I'm very excited to be part of this," said Viduka. "I think Middlesbrough should be pushing for the Champions League."

Middlesbrough have not had a 20-goal-a-season striker since Fabrizio Ravanelli left them, but Viduka vowed to justify the club's faith in him by scoring.

I think we're going to turn a few heads this year
Mark Viduka

"Hopefully I'll repay everybody with what I'm here for, which is goals," he said.

"The set-up here is second to none and the coaching staff really good. Going into the dressing room there are so many internationals.

"I would love for us to achieve something over the next three years and I think we're going to turn a few heads this year.

"With the players we have here we should be aiming for the top six at least. I think we should be planning for that."

Viduka is welcomed to the squad just two days after Reiziger signed from Barcelona, but Middlesbrough defensive coach Steve Harrison is not ruling out more additions.

"Other things are in the pipeline, but I can't say more than that at the moment," Harrison said.

It wouldn't surprise me if we were holding another press conference in the next few days
Keith Lamb
Middlesbrough chief executive

"These are exciting times. If we can attract this sort of quality, it bodes well for Boro."

Chief executive Keith Lamb said he was "delighted" with the new signing and hinted that he was looking to invest further.

"We're not finished yet," said Lamb. "It wouldn't surprise me if we were holding another press conference very soon."

Middlesbrough have also been linked with strikers Aiyegbeni Yakubu, Patrick Kluivert and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink.

Viduka and Reiziger, meanwhile, will make their debuts against Real Mallorca in a pre-season friendly on 4 August.

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