Hogan joins and Berahino leaves

Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan has signed on a season long loan. He didn’t really set the pulses racing at Villa, however he had more success at his previous club Brentford. At Stoke he will hook-up with Ryan Woods and Lee Gregory both of whom he has played with before.

Meanwhile the club officially confirmed that Saido Berahino has left the club. Quite possibly one of the worst footballers we have had at Stoke and that’s saying something!

Confirmed INS –

Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free

Adam Davies (Barnsley) – free

Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free

Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) – season long loan

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m

Nick Powell (Wigan) – free

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield) – £4m

Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam (Reading) – released and joined Reading

Saido Berahino – released

Bojan (Montreal) – released

Geoff Cameron (QPR) – free transfer

Darren Fletcher – released

Jacob Haugaard – released

Eric Pieters (Burnley) – undisclosed fee

Harry Souter (Fleetwood Town) – season long loan

Josh Tymon (FC Famalicao) – season long loan

Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton

Arnie, Whelan off and Tonge up the Vale!

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.

Ireland signs six month contract

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.

Injury update – Bardsley for Villa game?

Sadly looks like Glen Johnson’s injury will sideline him for several weeks, possibly the rest of the season. A real blow given his form for us this season. So on Saturday against Aston Villa looks like we will have Phil Bardsley at right back – start a sweepstake when he will be booked then!

Texiera looks set to start in the centre of defence as Muniesa and Cameron are still doubts for the weekend. Ryan Shawcross seems to be a week or so away from contention, be good to have him in contention for the Newcastle game.

Van Ginkel, Given and Johnson all join and Ness leaves

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.

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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

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.

Cech to Arsenal, now Begovic to Chelsea?

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.