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Stoke striker Tuncay moves to German club Wolfsburg

Tuncay is now headed for Germany after a lengthy spell in England

Stoke City striker Tuncay has joined at German club Wolfsburg for £4.5m and signed a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 29-year-old Turkish forward, who joined Stoke from Middlesbrough in August 2009 for £5m, came through a medical on Monday morning.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis said he had helped Tuncay achieve his "dream" move.

The move brings an end to his four-year stint in English football and links him up with manager Steve McClaren who needed to replace striker Edin Dzeko.

Former Middlesbrough and England boss McClaren offloaded his Bosnian forward Dzeko to Manchester City in January for a fee of £27m.

Pulis revealed that he had been approached by Tuncay over the weekend requesting that the club "would help him to achieve his dream".

"He has always wanted to play in Germany and missed out on several occasions in the past," Pulis added.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for him, and it is a fantastic deal for the club when you consider what we paid for him when he signed from Middlesbrough."


After the Stoke praised the contributions his now ex-striker had made at the Britannia Stadium, Tuncay was quick to repay the compliment.

"On three occasions, moves to Germany have fallen through at the last minute, so I am delighted, but also relieved, that this time I have been able to make the most of this opportunity.

"I would like to thank the manager and everyone at the club and, of course, the supporters for making me feel so welcome.

"I can assure you I would not have joined another English club, but this was too good an opportunity for me to fulfil my dream."

However, the future of another Stoke goalscorer Ricardo Fuller was less clear on transfer deadline day.

Pulis revealed on Sunday that Sunderland had made a bid for the 31-year-old Jamaican, despite the Black Cats rejecting claims they had made a move.

Fuller has been Stoke's leading scorer in each of the last three seasons and has found the net three times in 23 games so far this term.

The former Preston North End and Southampton forward is under contract at the Britannia Stadium until the summer of 2012.

Fuller, who has scored 48 goals in 178 appearances since joining the Potters from Southampton in August 2006 for £500,000, came on in the second half in Stoke's 1-0 win at Wolves in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

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see also
Stoke complete transfer of Tuncay
28 Aug 09 |  Stoke
Boro get work permit for Tuncay
04 Jul 07 |  Middlesbrough
Sunderland deny Fuller bid claim
28 Jan 11 |  Sunderland
Stoke capture Southampton striker
31 Aug 06 |  Stoke
Wolves 0-1 Stoke
30 Jan 11 |  FA Cup
Man City complete Dzeko signing
07 Jan 11 |  Man City

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