Middlesbrough agree deal to sign Dean Whitehead

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Middlesborough have agreed a fee to sign former Stoke City midfielder Dean Whitehead, on what SkySports believe to be a two-year-deal.

The 31-year-old signed for Stoke back in 2009 but before that he spent five years in the North East at Boro's local rivals, Sunderland - where he captained the side.

The Potters spent £5million on the midfielder in their first January transfer window in the Premier League. 

Whitehead then went on to make 160 appearances for the club over the next four years, scoring only five goals - the most famous of which came against Arsenal in Stoke's 3-1 FA Cup win.

He also became the first Stoke player to score at Old Trafford since 1980 when he netted his second league goal for Stoke against United in January 2010.

He spent the majority of last season on the bench as he played second choice to Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan in the centre of midfield. 

After Tony Pulis departed the club at the end of May, his successor Mark Hughes decided Whitehead was surplus to requirements and was released along with six other players.

The Teesiders have been in talks with Whitehead for a number of weeks and he is now undergoing a medical ahead of putting pen to paper.

Whitehead will become Boro's second signing of the summer, following on from the loan capture of Hungary international Jozsef Varga.


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