Stoke City star Mame Diouf has asked club bosses to OK his move to the Riverside Stadium.
The Senegalese striker is said to have his heart set on joining Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough.
Although the move is expected to go through, negotiations are believed to have stalled on Stoke City's asking price for the player.
Middlesbrough's initial bid of €14 million was considered to be too low, according to club insiders.
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