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Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Stoke City are in talks to sign Robert Huth and Tuncay for a combined fee of around £11m.

Germany defender Huth and Turkey forward Tuncay are discussing personal terms and undergoing medicals at City.

"The two clubs have agreed a fee and Robert is having talks with Stoke at the moment," said Southgate.

On the Tuncay deal, he added: "Again, we have agreed a fee with Stoke City and the player is in talks with them."

Stoke are desperate to strengthen their squad before the transfer deadline, with midfielder Dean Whitehead from Sunderland their only major arrival during the summer.

"Robert came over here early in his career and did well at Chelsea and Middlesbrough," Stoke assistant manager Peter Reid told BBC Radio Stoke.

"We know all about him, he has plenty of experience in the Premier League."

The fee for Germany international centre-back Huth is expected to eclipse the £5.5m that Stoke paid Reading for striker Dave Kitson in June 2008.

Tuncay, 27, has scored 15 goals in 58 appearances for Turkey, and finished as Boro's top scorer in the 2008-09 season, netting eight times in 33 starts.

Southgate has been keen to keep the nucleus of his squad together, following their relegation from the Premier League in May.

England midfielder Stewart Downing, Egyptian striker Mido and goalkeeper Ross Turnbull have been the only high-profile names to leave the Riverside during the close season.

Stoke hope to complete the deals for Huth and Tuncay in time for both players to be involved in the Premier League game against Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/t...ity/8224661.stm

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