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Chelsea’s defender Kurt Zouma has signed on a season long loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on July 21, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Chelsea’s defender Kurt Zouma has signed on a season long loan.

Manager Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: “Kurt is undoubtedly one of the most talented young defenders in the game, so naturally his arrival will enhance our playing squad for the forthcoming campaign.”

Good signing for us and hope we sign Bruno Martin Indi, although that transfer has gone quite this week.

Arnie, Whelan off and Tonge up the Vale!

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Marko Arnautovic looks set to complete his £24m move the West Ham either today or tomorrow. A great player for us on his day, although you do wonder if his off field moods upset the dressing room karma. He’s moving purely for money though as West Ham are hardly Real Madrid, one of a few clubs he’d said he would only ever leave Stoke for.

Also packing his bags is Glen Whelan who has joined Aston Villa in a deal worth up to £2m, with an initial fee of £1.25m. One of the players who helped us gain promotion to the Premiership and he has been a regular since he joined in 2008, making 338 league and cup appearances for Stoke. One of the better players I have seen at Stoke in recent years and wishing him well at Villa.

Imbula looks set to leave before the new season starts with Torino the latest club to express interest in signing him.

Question is how much of the incoming transfer fees will Mark Hughes be given to spend? Various reports are linking us with Man City’s Fabian Delph in a £10m deal, not a loan as originally thought.

Chelsea defender Kurt Zuoma is all but signed on a season long loan and has even been photographed in Stoke kit! The delay in announcing this deal is thought to be whilst he agrees a new contract at Chelsea.

Bruno Martins Indi could still be a Stoke player, although Porto are playing silly buggers it seems and Crystal Palace are interested in signing him as well.

Man Utd’s Ashley Young has also been heavily linked with a move to Stoke.

Former Stoke player Michael Tonge is currently a trialist at Port Vale. He was at Stoke for five years between 2008 and 2013, where he spent more time on loan than at Stoke. Never really made an impact and not one of Tony Pulis’s better signings. After two seasons at Stevenage he is after a new club and if he joins the Vale he will link up with fellow former Stoke player Danny Pugh.

Marko Arnautovic hands in transfer request

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , on July 11, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Marko Arnautovic has handed in a transfer request after Stoke City rejected a £15m West Ham bid. Arnie was injured in last night’s friendly and a cynic could argue that was planned to avoid a serious injury whilst a transfer deal is done! His brother is his agent and he has been on social media today alleging that Stoke are holding up a deal.

Stoke beat Neuchatel Xamax 1-0 thanks to an own goal in the first match of the Uhrencup.

Walters joins Burnley

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , on July 8, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Jon Walters has left Stoke City to join Burnley in a deal worth up to £3m. He joined us in 2010 from Ipswich Town, making 271 appearances for Stoke and scored 62 goals.

Former player Pete Skapetis is currently having a trial at Slough Town. The Australian youth international joined us from QPR, however he was plagued by injury and left for Dover Athletic. Jermaine Pennant has join Hibs on a trial and scored! He was previously at Bury.

Tymon signs for Stoke :)

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Eighteen year old left back Josh Tymon has signed from Hull City on a five year deal. The fee will go to a tribunal due to his age. Good signing of a highly rated youngster and in an area we don’t have great cover for.

Jon Walters is all but set to join Burnley in a deal of around £3m. He has been a great player for us and hopefully Mark Hughes has some sort of replacement lined-up. Mind you, given the fanfare Bojan has been given at coming back after his loan last season maybe we are looking at him as our new SJW?

Man City’s Fabian Delph could still be joining us on a loan, although hopefully he won’t seek advice from Wildred Bony after his disastrous loan with us last season!

The squad travel to Switzerland this weekend for the start of their pre-season friendlies and Philipp Wollscheid will be in the squad, despite spending most of last season away on loan. No news on Joselu who was linked to Malaga and unless he engineers a move, looks set to stay with the club for now.

Ireland signs six month contract

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on July 3, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stephen Ireland has signed a six month contract until January 2018 with Stoke City as he recovers from his broken leg which saw him out of action for the majority of last season.

The squad (bar those who have been on international duty in May and June) will be back to start pre-season training on Wednesday ahead of the first pre-season friendlies which start on July 10.

Hull City’s Josh Tymon is expected to join the club this week with a fee being decided at a tribunal.

Jon Walters is now on the radar of Steve Bruce at Aston Villa, who have just signed John Terry. Villa have also been linked with Glen Whelan having had one bid turned down by Stoke.

Goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has joined Watford after being released by Stoke and George Waring has joined Tranmere Rovers. He never played for Stoke’s first team although he has been on loan at Oxford Utd and Carlisle Utd among others.

Whelan update and Fabian Delph incoming?

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Seems Derby County are not going to bid for Glen Whelan according to local press in Derby, which leaves Aston Villa in the driving seat should they match Stoke’s valuation. Looks as though Stoke will consider loaning Imbula next season as a permanent deal looks slim given there seems little interest in signing him permanently.

One possible new signing could be Man City’s midfielder Fabian Delph for around £12m. Newcastle are also being linked although it seems we are the more likely destination for the player.

Former Stokie John Eustace is in the running for the manager’s job at Oxford Utd.