Villa vying for Tuncay signature

Aston Villa are believed to be lining up a move for Middlesbrough striker Tuncay Sanli. The 27-year-old Turkish international - who has scored 19 times for his country - is expected to leave the Riverside Stadium outfit this summer following the club's relegation to the Championship.

And with the former Fenerbahce man having netted 15 league goals for Gareth Southgate's side since arriving in 2007 - including several acrobatic efforts - interest in his services is likely to be widespread.

Liverpool and Fulham have already been linked with his signature during the close-season, with the striker previously admitting that the prospect of playing for Rafael Benitez's side and partnering Fernando Torres in attack would be an exciting one.

"Yes, I've heard something about that but nothing official has arrived to me," he said.

"Of course I would like to play for a big club."

However, Martin O'Neill's side are now thought to be leading the race for the front-man's signature, with the Villa Park outfit keen to build on last season's sixth-placed finish in the Premier League and gatecrash the Big Four to qualify for the Champions League in 2010/11. NEWS: Tuncay reveals Liverpool appeal BORO FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Afonso Alves My Secret Vice Carlo Nash, Mark Crossley Boy's A Bit Special  David Wheater, Adam Johnson

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