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Gordon Strachan
"Whelan's been great value for the club"
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Monday, 31 July, 2000, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Robson's Whelan deal
Whelan (left) is Boro bound
Whelan (left) is Boro bound
Middlesbrough have made a double swoop into the transfer market to snap up strikers Noel Whelan and Joseph-Desire Job.

Coventry striker Whelan had initial medical tests over the weekend and was due to complete them today before clinching a 2m move to Teesside on a four-year contract.

Cameroon international Job, who has been on trial for a fortnight from French club Lens, was also expected to undergo a medical today with a view to completing a 3m move.

Confirmed

Boro were not commenting on the deals until after the medicals confirmed the duo were fit, but they expected both men to be on their books within the next 24 hours.

But Whelan said: "There had been quite a bit of interest but it was only Bryan Robson who came in with an official offer. The move is a great challenge for me."

Whelan and Job could make their club debuts in Robbie Mustoe's testimonial game against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday at the Riverside.

Boro manager Bryan Robson is still awaiting a decision from German international defender Christian Ziege on his future after Liverpool tabled a 5.5m bid for his services.

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