Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DANNY'S THE BOY; Gareth Targets Ex-Blade Webber to Fill Boro Striker Role

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

DANNY'S THE BOY; Gareth Targets Ex-Blade Webber to Fill Boro Striker Role

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Byline: ERIC PAYLOR

DANNY Webber is set to answer Gareth Southgate's SOS for another new striker.

The 27-year-old could join the club on a free transfer over the weekend.

Welsh newspapers have reported that Webber has turned down the chance to join Swansea City because he plans to sign for the Boro instead. The experienced striker, who was released by Sheffield United at the end of June, is a free agent.

The Welsh press claim that Webber turned down the offer of a contract at Swansea because he is preparing to sign a more lucrative deal on Teesside.

They say that he will be signing a three-year Boro deal tomorrow.

These facts have not been confirmed by the club, though Southgate has told the Evening Gazette that he has held talks with Webber.

The Webber signing will still be dependent on Boro completing the outgoing sale of either Tuncay or Afonso Alves, or both.

Promoted Birmingham City were very keen on Tuncay earlier this week and were ready to make an offer of pounds 5m for the Turk.

But this will not happen now, because Birmingham's incoming new owner Carson Yeung is not officially taking charge of the Blues for another six weeks.

Apparently he can not release the funds to sign Tuncay during these six weeks, because of restrictions placed by the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Boro have an offer on the table for Alves from Qatar side Al Saad - not a new offer, as the Gazette reported yesterday - but the final decision rests with the Brazilian.

He has had plenty of time to accept the chance to move to Qatar, but so far nothing has happened.

However there is plenty of interest in both Tuncay and Alves so it looks as though everything will happen over the weekend - if it happens at all.

Boro have been interested in signing Webber all summer, and the story was first revealed in the Gazette on July 10. …

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