Transfer deadline day looms for Stoke

Very quiet on the transfer front for us as the Oatcake MB goes into full Samaritans mode! It looks as though we are trying to offload Joselu, who has not even made a match day squad this season. He had been linked with a move to Deportivo la Coruna, however wages seem to have scuppered that deal. He may still yet go out on loan and a disappointing signing as he only joined us last summer and obviously does not feature in Mark Hughes’ plans.

Philipp Wollschied has been lined with a move back to Germany and he was back in his native Germany at the weekend – for treatment to an inner ear problem. Whether he was discussing a possible move as well remains to be seen. Unlikely to happen unless we sign a replacement, possibly two and that looks increasingly unlikely, plus we are short on defensive cover now Marc Wilson has left and Glen Johnson is still injured.

Saido Berahino may have gone on holiday but he is still being linked with a possible move to us or Crystal Palace (they are also in the race to sign Bony on loan).

Man Utd’s Phil Jones could still join on loan.

The transfer window closes tomorrow night at 11pm and I personally think we will get a centre back in on loan and that’s it. Not a great summer for our transfer dealings if that happens and hope we have enough cover for our injury prone team.

Tonight the under-21’s (or 23’s as the official fixture list has it) take on Bradford City away in the group stages of the English Football League Trophy (Checkatrade). Can’t see a massive attendance and ironic that the league one and two clubs can face fines for fielding too many youngsters, yet the Premier League and Championship clubs will be fielding academy sides. Attendances are expected to be very low at the games as many fans don’t agree with allowing the academy teams to take part in place of last season’s non-league sides.

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