Stoke City manager Nathan Jones wanted the majority of the new signings in before pre-season started and he got his wish with six players joining last week. Five were out of contract players, of which Nick Powell and Lee Gregory look sound business, plus former Burnley defender Stephen Ward signed on a one year contract is another good piece of business. Former QPR and Charlton midfielder Jordan Cousins has worked with Jones previously and could prove to a be a shrewd signing, with him earmarked for the base of Jones’s prefered midfield diamond shape.
Stoke still expect to sign two or three more players, although the emphasis will be on shifting out players, as bar the released ones below, none have left the club yet. Charlie Adam is training with Blackburn as he looks for a new club this summer.
Confirmed INS –
Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free
Ben Davies (Barnsley) – free
Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free
Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m
Nick Powell (Wigan) – free
Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free
Confirmed OUTS –
Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher, Jacob Haugaard – all released at the end of their contracts
Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton