Mikkel Beck, the Danish international, was finally able to complete his
move to Middlesbrough today, after his old club, Fortuna Koeln backed
down from their attempt to get a fee for him by claiming that they had a
year's option at the end of his contract. Beck has joined Boro on a
free under the Bosman ruling.
Fortuna's climb-down comes after Beck's lawyers began an action to sue
Fortuna for loss of earnings, international recognition, etc. If the
club had lost the case, they could have faced damages and costs that may
have bankrupted the club.
Beck didn't have a great Euro 96 (but then again neither did the whole
Danish team), but he is highly rated, having been singled out by Peter
Schmeichel as one to watch from their squad. He has been training with
Boro since the summer, and has been watching their matches from the
stand, which along with his determined fight to get released from
Fortuna as quickly as possible, has shown his eagerness to play for
Bryan Robson's Red Army. He is now available to play, if required,
against West Ham next Wednesday.