Everton 0-0 Stoke City

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

In the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore we lost 5-4 on penalties to Everton. Most of our internationals did not feature and Shawcross was absent through a back injury.

Ollie Shenton had a good game as did new goalie Jacob Haugaard. Very makeshift defence with Teixeira featuring and Steve Sidwell was captain for the game.

Team:
Haugaard; Bardsley, Cameron, Muniesa (Wilson 61), Teixeira; Sidwell (c), Shenton (Walters 71); Odemwingie (van Ginkel 61), Ireland, Arnautovic (Adam 46); Joselu (Crouch 61). Subs: Given, Whelan, Johnson, Diouf, Moha

Another new face and signing is Moha El Ouriachi who we have signed from our new feeder club Barcelona ;-) He featured on the bench in today’s game.

Asmir Begovic finally completed his move to Chelsea in an £8m deal.

Van Ginkel, Given and Johnson all join and Ness leaves

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have signed goalkeeper Shay Given on a free transfer after his release from Aston Villa. He joins on a two year contract and will be no.2 behind the new no.1 Jack Butland (assuming Begovic does join Chelsea!). Good signing given his experience and the age of our goalkeepers now, all of whom are under 26 years old.

We have also signed midfielder Marko van Ginkel from Chelsea on a season long loan (presumably part of the Begovic deal). This could be a steal of a signing, albeit on loan, given the potential he has.

VG

Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has also signed on a free according to the Daily Mail and Sky Sports. Good cover for right back and I think he will be first choice ahead of Cameron and Bardsley.

Jamie Ness has left the club on a free transfer joining Scunthorpe. He had been on loan at Crewe last season and looked set to join on loan again. He’s never really featured at the club and was signed along with Maurice Edu (another recent flop) from Rangers by Pulis.

Summer Ins/Outs:

In:
Jakob Haugaard (GK) £600k

Philipp Wollscheid (D) nominal fee

Glen Johnson (D) free

Shay Given (GK) free

Marko Van Ginkel (M) season long loan from Chelsea

Joselu (S) £5m (8m Euros)

Out:
Thomas Sorenson
(GK) released

Andy Wilkinson (D) released

Wilson Palacios (M) released

Victor Moses (M) end of loan period

Robert Huth (D) undisclosed fee Leicester City

Jamie Ness (M) free Scunthorpe

Steven N’Zonzi (M) £7m Sevilla

Steven N’Zonzi to Sevilla

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Looks a done deal if N’Zonzi can agree terms with Sevilla who have had a £7m bid accepted by Stoke City. He will be a tough act to replace and I hope we don’t lose any more key players, bar Begovic who we always knew would be set to leave this summer.

Steve Sidwell has been linked with a possible move to Leeds Utd. He has never really made much impression since signing on a free last summer, despite playing well at most of his previous clubs.

Possible incoming players could include Glen Johnson released by Liverpool (who paid Portsmouth over £17m to sign him!) and former Aston Villa keeper Shay Given, although Middlesboro are confident of signing him.

Odemwingine signs a new one year contract

Posted in All Booked Up 2011, Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on July 2, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Great to see Peter Odemwingie sign a one year contract extension to the summer of 2016. He was injured for much of last season and we missed his pace and shooting skills.

Seems Chelsea will raise their offer for Begovic to £8m who has all but put pen to paper. Possibly Stoke are holding out for a season long loan on a Chelsea player.

The club have had a bid for £12m accepted by Inter Milan for Xherdan Shaqiri, although the player may not want to leave Inter having only joined them six months ago. He nearly signed for us in January.

No news on the Jon Walters contract talks as he has a year left to run on his current deal and could be off.

Few clubs now supposedly bidding for Steven NZonzi with Monaco the latest to be linked to him.

The Konoplianka saga rumbles on but I don’t honestly think he will join us. More likely to sign is Ghanian midfielder Emmanuel Aguemang Badu, who would offer competition for Glen Whelan in the team.

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Cech to Arsenal, now Begovic to Chelsea?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

As Peter Cech signs for Arsenal expect the Premier League goalkeeper merry-go-round to start off big time. Man Utd are after a keeper and of course now Chelsea will want a replacement which looks set to be Begovic. Some media reports say Chelsea have a £6m bid in which Stoke have rejected and are holding out for an £8m bid. Chelsea can play a waiting game as they know Begovic will want to come (again some media say he’s agreed a contract already) plus Stoke want to cash in on Begovic as he only has a year left on his contract. Mind you Aston Villa have made a bid for Begovic to, although to be fair that’s a non-starter.

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Mark Hughes is set for talks with Steven N’Zonzi who could also leave this summer. We need to be careful as Begovic I think we could cope with losing as Jack Butland is an able replacement and Stoke have nearly always had good goalies the years I have been supporting them since 1974. However, if N’Zonzi and possibly Walters & Crouch go we could struggle certainly if we don’t get decent replacements in.

Farewell Huth – the Berlin Wall

Posted in football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on June 24, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Sad to see a modern day Stoke legend Robert Huth leave the club and join Leicester City on a three year deal. He had been at Leicester on loan since January and had proved a real hit with the fans.

He made 188 appearances for Stoke since joining from Middlesbrough back in 2009. He formed a truly immense partnership in central defence with Ryan Shawcross under the reign of Tony Pulis. He was injured for much of the last season until Christmas time and hasn’t really played much since Mark Hughes became manager.

Good luck Mr Huth, wished he could have played on for another year for us

.Huth

Adam, Moses and Whitehead

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Charlie Adam has signed a new extended contract with the club until 2017, with an option of a further year. Great news as his form since becoming a regular in the starting XI following Bojan’s injury was immense. Speaking of Bojan he is aiming to be back in contention for the opening game of the season against Liverpool.

One player who looks like won’t be signing is Victor Moses if this Guardian news piece is to be believed. Seems he is not keen to be any part of a deal to take Begovic to Chelsea. No formal offers have been made for Begovic yet.

Andy Wilkinson is on a week-by-week contract with the club until he finds himself a new club after being released this summer.

Ex-Stoke player Dean Whitehead has moved clubs again signing for Huddersfield Town.

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