MIDDLESBROUGH are expected to learn if their double raid on Derby County has been successful within the next 24 hours.

Boro boss Steve McClaren is hoping to sign striker Malcolm Christie and defender Chris Riggott on three month loans, with a view to permanent deals.

McClaren approached First Division Derby at the end of last week over the pair and he will hear soon whether or not the players will be making the switch to the North-East.

The Rams hierarchy met yesterday to talk over Boro's bid and it is understood an outcome has been reached.

Derby spokesman Damon Parkin said: "A proposal came in last week from Middlesbrough regarding Malcolm and Chris.

"We did not really have time to consider the proposals, as we had a weekend match and there was a Football League meeting on Monday. But the board were discussing the matter today."

McClaren is desperate to add both players to his squad before Sunday's trip to Fulham.

Boro have not scored on their travels since September 28 and Christie is seen as a player with the potential to break that run.

McClaren was quoted £9m for the young striker last summer and it is now thought Derby are willing to allow both players to leave for a combined fee of around £4m, with the Pride Park outfit are in the grip of a financial crisis.

Meanwhile, Boro were remaining tight-lipped last night over Sheffield United's claim that they have resurrected a move for front-man Dean Windass.

It is understood the deal fell through on Monday after Boro demanded a fee of £500,000 if third-placed United win promotion to the top-flight.

However, after lengthy negotiations, the Riverside club are now believed to be ready to accept just £100,000 from the Bramall Lane club, provided Premiership status is achieved.

Blades boss Neil Warnock now hopes to have Windass on board later today and he expects the attacker to be in his squad for Friday night's Steel City battle with rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

* Chelsea keeper' Carlo Cudicini will not have to serve a suspension following his red card against Boro, a Football Association appeal hearing ruled yesterday.

He clashed with Windass and the FA hearing ruled that Cudicini's red card should stand, but decided that the dismissal was punishment enough and he is no longer facing a three-match ban.

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