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Bid Accepted For Greening

MIDDLESBROUGH this lunchtime confirmed they have received a bid from West
Bromwich Albion for midfielder Jonathan Greening.

No details of the fee involved or length of contract offered have been
released, but the player has been given permission to talk to the Premiership new

Albion spent just one season in the first division after being relegated
from the Premiership the season before and Gary Megson, determined that the
Baggies do not become a yo-yo club, is strengthening the current squad.

Greening was voted Boro’s Player of the Season for 2002-03 after playing
virtually every minute of that campaign, but last season found first team
opportunities limited, featuring in 29 games in league and cup football, many from
the bench.

The 25-year-old Scarborough-born midfielder began his career with York City
before joining Manchester United in March 1998. He joined Boro at the same
time as Mark Wilson in August 2001 for a fee of £2m.

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Greening completes Hawthorns move

GREEN DAY...Jonathan Greening has become Albion's fifth summer
signing in an initial £1.25 million move from Middlesbrough.
ALBION have today (Wednesday) sealed their fifth summer swoop by
signing Jonathan Greening from Premiership rivals Middlesbrough.

The former Manchester United midfielder has penned a three-year
deal, with a further year's option in the club's favour, after
agreeing personal terms and passing a Hawthorns medical.

The Baggies have paid an initial £1.25 million for Greening's
services, with further payments due on Premiership appearances and
the club retaining their top flight status next season.

Chairman Jeremy Peace said: "We're delighted to have signed a player
of proven Premiership pedigree in Jonathan Greening and we're now
focussing all our efforts on bringing other players in."

The former England Under-21 international is equally at home as a
wideman or in central midfield and was one of Boro boss Steve
McClaren's first signings, following the England coach to the North
East from Manchester United in a £2m deal almost three years ago.

The 25-year-old capped an accomplished performance against the
Baggies on their last trip to the Riverside 15 months ago when he
scored in a 3-0 Boro win.

It was one of the highlights of a memorable 2002/03 campaign for
Greening which saw him named Boro's Player of the Season.

The Scarborough-born star, who boasts ten Under-21 caps, missed just
45 minutes of Premiership action that term and his excellent form
prompted Sven-Goran Eriksson to select him for an England training

Greening remained an important figure at Boro last season, making 29
appearances, but faced increased competition for a shirt following
the arrivals of Gaizka Mendieta and Bolo Zenden.

He made 109 appearances for Boro in total, scoring four goals.

Greening previously spent more than three years under Sir Alex
Ferguson at Old Trafford, making 27 appearances for the Red Devils,
following a £1m move from York in March 1998.

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Kanu: "I'm no lone ranger"
By Oliver Bhurrut

KANU arrived at Albion today (Thursday) amidst a media flurry but then
insisted: "It's not about me. It's about West Bromwich Albion".

The 28-year-old former Arsenal ace admitted Gary Megson's plans for him in
the Baggies bid to maintain their top-flight status persuaded him to choose
the Premiership newcomers above other interested clubs.

And despite leaving behind four trophy-laden seasons at Highbury, he is
adamant The Hawthorns could see the best years of his career.

"I have read about West Brom for a long time. I spoke to the manager and he
seemed a nice person," said the former Ajax and Inter Milan star.

"He talked to me about how he wants the club to progress, and I want to
progress with the club.

"It is going to be difficult because it is different to come from a very big
club like Arsenal where you get to win trophies.

"For me I want to prove I can play football.

"At Arsenal I was negotiating for a new contract but I decided to leave
because I didn't want to be walking about watching them play.

"I was playing in November and December but then I went to the African
Nations Cup and when I came back I couldn't get in the team.

"If you have a team that's winning it's difficult to change it. But you
can't complain about that you have to wait for your chance.

The Champions League, UEFA Cup and Premiership winner added: "I had offers
from Spain and France but I wanted to stay in England for another couple of
years before I move on.

"But I said I wanted to play football and this is the place I can play.

"I don't want to keep on sitting on the bench, my talent is just wasted

"I want to show what I can do. If you are not playing week in week out it's
difficult as a footballer.

"I think my best years are still to come.

"It's not only going to be Kanu at West Brom, I am one of the players now.

"I'm going to contribute a lot to the club with my experience and what I can

"It's going to be difficult and we have to work as a team.

"I'm not the only player who is going to make everything happen, but if we
work together I think we can achieve what we want to."

The Nigerian international trained with the Baggies for the first time this
morning and he believes Albion have got what it takes to stay up.

But despite all his trickery and skills, Kanu was the first to urge that
"character" is the key to beating the drop

He said: "With the manager I talked about football and about the club and
how he really wanted the club to stay up and not to go down again.

"For me there are eight clubs at our level and it's going to be a fight. It
will depend on the character of the players and how hard-working they are.

"I think we are good enough, and maybe we will have another two or three new

"Nobody knows what will happen until a few games have been played, but if
you asked me now I would say yes we are going to stay up."

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Kanu can be Dugarry

Ex-Inter man Kanu can be to West Brom what Christophe Dugarry is for Birmingham, according to their striker Geoff Horsfield. "They are both good on the ball, make space for themselves and have a great first touch," he said.


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Greening gunning for mid-table finish
By Oliver Bhurrut

JONATHAN Greening believes Albion can not only stay up but can elevate
themselves to a mid-table Premiership finish.

The former Middlesbrough midfielder is gearing up for tomorrow's (Saturday)
trip to St James' Park to take on former North East rivals Newcastle.

And he has hit back at the doubters who questioned his summer move to The

"When I first came here people asked me why I did because people think we'll
go straight back down," he said.

"I totally believe with the players and squad we've got, working with them
day in day out, that we've got what it takes to stay up and not just stay up
but also finish in the middle of the table.

"There are teams like Fulham, Tottenham and Villa who were all in the top
half of the table last year but haven't spanked us.

"We've put on a good show and are capable of being there and we just need
some wins to give us that little bit more confidence.

"We seem to be playing some decent football and it feels good when I'm
playing with the players I'm playing with.

"If we can just get that little bit more in the final third - the final
cross or pass - and maybe a little luck in front of goal we can get our
first three points and we'll be fine."

The former Manchester United man claims Gary Megson's men will have to be on
their toes against a Magpies team eager to impress new boss Graeme Souness,
who has already named his 16-man squad for the game:

Ambrose, Bellamy, Bernard, Bowyer, Butt, Carr, Elliott, Givenm, Harper,
Hughes, Jenas, Kluivert, Milner, O'Brien, Robert, Shearer.

United lie in ninth place having won two, drawn two and lost two of their
six Premiership encounters to date.

Greening added: "Newcastle are such a big club.

"It will be a difficult place for us to go and it's Graeme Souness' first
league game in charge so we've got to be going there in the right frame of

"We've trained hard over the past couple of days to be prepared for it.

"We'll have to be on our game whatever the scenario because they've got so
many world class players and internationals throughout the team.

"We'll all need to be giving 110 per cent and playing well. We can't afford
to be lapse. We all need to be putting it in and not just the starting XI,
but the subs as well."

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Greening: I've no regrets

By Oliver Bhurrut

JONATHAN Greening admitted it was a "dream come true" to play
alongside Middlesbrough's superstars - but insisted he has no
regrets about his summer switch to The Hawthorns.

The Baggies midfielder, who scored in a 3-0 Boro win the last time
the two sides met two seasons ago, goes head to head with his former
club on Sunday (ko 2pm).

And he is hoping the lift new boss Bryan Robson has given Albion can
help them end the Riverside men's five-game unbeaten Premiership run
in front of the live SKY TV cameras.

"I had some good times there and thoroughly enjoyed it," said

"I got on really well with the new players they brought in - world
class players like Boudewijn Zenden and Gaizka Mendieta - it was a
dream come true to play with people like that.

"Steve McClaren made it clear I could stay and fight for my place
but I knew I wouldn't be a regular if I stayed and I decided to come
here and try and play every week.

"It will be interesting on Sunday because I never really said
goodbye to the boys when I left Boro.

"I didn't do too much wrong up there so I shouldn't get too much

"I've enjoyed my move here even though we're down near the bottom at
the moment.

"When we play well we think we can be a match for any team."

Boro's 2003 Player of the year added: "Training has been really,
really good.

"We've had two training sessions and it's been up tempo and

"On the first day Bryan Robson told us everyone starts with a clean
slate and challenged all of us to impress him to get a place in the
team and then once we're in earn the right to keep our place -
that's fair enough."

Albion bounced back from successive defeats with a 2-2 draw at
Southampton last weekend but hover just one point above the bottom

Greening however, claims Robson's winning mentality is already
rubbing off on the Baggies players as they prepare to tackle fifth-
placed Boro.

"The boys are really excited about playing for Bryan Robson because
everyone remembers him as a legend, an England player and one of the
best Manchester United players ever," he insisted.

"Everyone is dying to impress him to get into the team.

"I used to watch him and he's still got that aura, which I could
tell by the players' faces when he first walked into the building to
meet us.

"He's one of the best ever goal-scoring midfielders and someone I

"Everyone wants to win for the gaffer because he's a winner and he
won't like losing.

"It's exciting to try and perform but also to learn from him because
he's got so much experience as well.

"There are bound to be things we can learn off him on and off the

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Greening: Missed chances cost us
By Oliver Bhurrut

JONATHAN Greening claims Albion only have themselves to blame for
not walking away with more than a 2-1 defeat against Middlesbrough
in Bryan Robson's first game as Baggies boss.

The Hawthorns midifielder found his former Boro team-mate Mark
Schwarzer in top form to keep Robson's men at bay after Robert
Earnshaw's 37th-minute leveller.

The Baggies were left ruing a string of missed chances - and
Greening was left scratching his head after Kanu contrived to miss
an open goal in stoppage time.

"The boys were really excited about today's game and I think it
showed. We played some good stuff in the first half and apart from
their first goal they didn't really look in it," said the 25-year-
old ace.

"If our chances had gone in it could have been a different story.
Mark Schwarzer also pulled off some good saves.

"A draw would have been a fair result and I can't believe Kanu
missed that chance at the end. It's amazing how it went over the bar
from there.

"The manager was disappointed with the result but he was happy with
our work ethic and said we need to be a bit more patient now and
again - and start scoring from a yard out!

"But we gave it a good shot today for the gaffer's first game.

"Middlesbrough are a great team and have been doing really well

"When we went 1-0 down we could have sat back and got a good hiding
but we pressed forward, played some good football and had plenty of

The £1.25 million summer signing was handed a central midfield berth
by Robson as Albion went in search of the win they needed to bounce
straight back out of the bottom three.

And Greening put in a man of the match display against his former
club before receiving words of consolation from his fourth-placed
Boro pals after the final whistle.

"I went into the away changing room to see some of the Middlesbrough
players I didn't see when I left," Greening added.

"They thought we played really well and don't think we'll struggle.
They thought we were much better than our league position suggests."

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Jonathan's vow to stay
Mar 4 2005

Jonathan Greening has today handed Albion a huge boost by vowing to stick by
the club even if they are relegated at the end of this season.
The 26-year-old has insisted he will not be seeking a move if the Baggies do
lose their top-flight status.
The news will give Bryan Robson and Albion supporters a massive lift ahead
of Sunday's clash with Blues.
Greening, who joined from Middlesbrough for £1.25million, said: "A few of
the boys have said that if we do go down we can come straight back up if we can
keep the same squad.
"The players we have are too good for the Championship.
"I would be willing to be part of that side. I signed for four years and
unless the club get a bid, accept it and let me speak to anyone then I am here
for the full four years.
"If we go down I will stay to help this club get back up.
"It would be soul-destroying to get relegated - I certainly don't want that
on my CV - but I still firmly believe we can make up the ground over the next
four games or so, with a bit of luck."
Greening admitted he had been surprised by Albion's poor form this season,
although he still believes Bryan Robson is the right man to turn it around.
"There are a number of reasons why it hasn't gone to plan," said Greening.
"The start of the season with Gary Megson - would he go, would he stay? That
didn't help us.
"He then fell out with a lot of players and wouldn't let them train with the
first-team, that certainly didn't help our first 12 games or so.
"It's always going to take a new manager time to settle down and put his
ideas across. It took a while for Bryan Robson and it's now coming together.
"Now the lads are buzzing, looking forward to coming into training whereas
they probably weren't under Gary Megson.
"It's just a shame it wasn't like that from the start of the season because
we all firmly believe we can turn this season around."

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Jonno delighted to answer boss' plea
JONATHAN Greening admitted he was delighted to finally save one of his
'training ground specials' for matchday as his spectacular strike helped
Albion see off Blackburn 2-0.

The Baggies winger sealed a crucial three points after adding to Kevin
Campbell's opener 13 minutes before the break.

And Greening, whose only other Albion goal also came at The Hawthorns in
September's 2-1 defeat by Wigan, is hoping he can continue to answer Bryan
Robson's pre-match plea for him to score more.

"I score quite a few goals in training and it's nice to do it in a match -
I'm really pleased.

"The manager and Nigel Pearson want me to get more.

"I scored a goal in training yesterday (Friday) and the manager said 'why
don't you do it in a game?'

"I usually just fob him off by saying it never really lands to me on the
edge of the box in games!

"I was really pleased with the strike and goal but most importantly with the
three points.

"Most of the other results have gone our way and we've got to look forward
to the game next week now and put another good away performance in."

The former Middlesbrough midfielder admitted new boys Nigel Quashie, who
replaced Andy Johnson in the starting line-up, 87th-minute debutant Jan
Kozak and unused sub Williams Martinez lifted Robson's relegation battlers
ahead of the Rovers clash.

But it was Baggies old boy, Campbell, he was most pleased for after the
36-year-old birthday boy netted on his fourth successive league start - a
run of games which has seen Albion bag seven points from 12.

"With the new signings there was a bit of a buzz around the place," Greening

"We knew it was going to be a tough game and the gaffer really got us up for
it because he said Blackburn are a really physical side and are a strong,
hard team to play against.

"But we made a great start. Cambs scored a great goal, especially after
missing the one just before at the near post.

"He slotted it away perfectly on his birthday and everyone is delighted for

"Nigel Quashie and the other two new players have settled in really well.

"It feels like Nigel has been here for ages. He is a very good player. He
puts his foot in and has a lot of energy.

"I thought he played really well today in his first game."
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