Boro seal Woodgate deal

05 February 2007 05:30
Middlesbrough have completed the permanent signing of Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate who has been on loan at the Riverside Stadium since the start of this season. A brief statement on the Spanish side's official website read: "Real Madrid and Middlesbrough have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of Jonathan Woodgate. "Real Madrid wish Jonathan Woodgate great success both personally and professionally in this new stage of his career." The 27-year-old England international has made 21 Premiership appearances for Boro this term after enduring two injury-ravaged seasons in the Spanish capital. He made only nine La Liga appearances for Real following his £13.4million transfer from Newcastle United in August 2004. Woodgate started his career with Leeds United and made more than 100 League appearances for the West Yorkshire outfit before moving to Newcastle just over four years ago. He played in only 28 Premiership matches for the Magpies before his big-money move to Spain.

Source: ESA