Stoke hope for Huth
Stoke are hoping to seal deal for Robert Huth as Middlesbrough could sell at least three players before the transfer deadline shuts.
Last Updated: 26/08/09 9:30pm
Stoke are hoping to seal deal for Robert Huth as Middlesbrough could sell at least three players before the transfer deadline shuts next week
Boro want to shed their biggest earners as they know they will struggle to meet big wages as a Championship club.
They have long been trying to find buyers for Tuncay Sanli and record signing Afonso Alves, whilst Huth also looks a likely departure.
But despite looking for sales - Boro are not sanctioning any deal they do not see as good value, which is primarily the reason they are yet to sell Alves.
Qatarian club Al Saad and Al Alhi, together with Dutch giants Ajax - have all seen bids shunned by Boro as they have not met their asking price.
It is understood that all bids remain on the table, with Al Saad emerging as the favourites at this stage to seal a deal.
Boro are yet to get a firm bid for their Player of the Year Tuncay, with Aston Villa, Sunderland, Liverpool, Stuttgart, Cologne and his former club Fenerbahce all credited with an interest this summer.
Whilst Birmingham have also emerged as possible bidders, although skysports.com understands no deal has been struck and only informal talks between agents have taken place.
One deal which appears closest to completion is Stoke's move for Huth. Tony Pulis is a big fan of German international, who has had an excellent start to the new season.
He has captained Boro to an undefeated start to their Championship campaign, which has seen them keep four clean-sheets in-a-row.
Everton and Aston Villa have also shown an interest in Huth, but skysports.com understands that Stoke are now pressing for a deal to be done.