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Southgate rejects sale talk

10 December 2008 04:32
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has cooled reports that some of his leading players could be on their way in the January transfer window. Turkey international Sanli Tuncay is the latest player - following speculation surrounding the futures of Mido and Stewart Downing - to be linked with a move away from Teesside when the transfer window reopens next month. Tuncay was reported to be an £8million target for Chelsea, while Mido and Downing continue to be linked with moves to Wigan Athletic and Tottenham respectively. However, Southgate insists he is under no pressure to sell any of his key players. "The chairman and I are in agreement - we have got to build steadily," he told the club's official website. "We know we can't throw a lot of money down, so there has to be a balance. "We have had to do that throughout my time here, but I'm not under any pressure to sell players. "We will look at any potential loans or free transfers that may improve us."

Source: ESA