Ricketts makes Boro move

Michael Ricketts has joined Middlesbrough FC for €5.5m from Bolton Wanderers FC.

Michael Ricketts has joined Middlesbrough FC for €5.5m. The striker finalised the deal from Bolton Wanderers FC on Friday just 30 minutes before the close of the transfer window.

Spurs competition
Boro boss Steve McClaren fought off competition from Premiership rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC, whose offer of a part-player exchange was rejected.

Transfer request
Ricketts, who won his one England cap against Holland last February, handed in a transfer request at the Reebok Stadium over a week ago and was poised for a switch to White Hart Lane.

More signings
Boro have also snapped up Malcolm Christie and Chris Riggott from Derby County FC, as well as RC Celta de Vigo's Brazilian midfield player Doriva on loan until the end of the season.