Young keeper shuns Wenger advances by penning new deal

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Arsenal target Jason Steele has signed a new deal with Championship side Middlesbrough, which will keep him at the club until 2015.

Steele had been wanted as a replacement for Manuel Almunia but the England youth international has decided his formative years are better spent on Teesside.

Steele has been number one for Middlesbrough ever since Liverpool swooped to bring Brad Jones to Anfield as back up to Pepe Reina.

And Arsenal were reportedly planning to emulate Liverpool by bringing the 20-year-old to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

However, with Wojciech Szczesny impressing yesterday against Manchester United, the Gunners’ interest has cooled slightly – with Arsene Wenger wanting to keep Fabianski at Arsenal.

And Middlesbrough have moved quickly to quash any speculagtion rearing it’s head again by tying him down to a lengthy contract.

Steele said: “"I'm delighted to have signed so I can now concentrate on helping us get out of the situation we find ourselves in.

“I told the manager that this is where I want to be and where I want to play. Obviously it's not nice when we're losing games but it's still an honour to play for Middlesbrough and I want that to continue."

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