Bruno Martins Indi Stoke bound?

Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi looks set to join Stoke today on a season long loan, with an option to buy him next summer. If we sign the Dutch international expect Wollscheid to leave.

The ongoing Saido Berahino saga will reach a conclusion today with Stoke still hopeful of signing him if West Brom land their striker target. Of course West Brom’s current manager is the king of deadline day Tony Pulis. If not Berahino then Man City’s Wilfied Bony on loan could happen and pave the way for Joselu to leave.

There could even be a surprise signing (he said in hope!) as Mark Hughes and his management team do like to conduct transfers away from the spotlight as much as possible.

Stoke U23’s lost 1-0 to Bradford last night in the Checkatrade Trophy and senior players Charlie Adam and Marc Muniesa played a part.

Summer ins/outs:
Joe Allen (Liverpool £13m)

Ramadan Sobhi (Al Alhay 6m Euros)

Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon – undisclosed fee))

Peter Odemwingie (released) *

Steve Sidwell (Brighton & Hove Albion – free) *

Marc Wilson (AFC Bournemouth – undisclosed fee) *

George Waring (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

Choulay (Shrewsbury Town – loan)

* = in last season’s 25 man squad list

Fuller, Diao, Davies, Soares and Moult all leave the club

The legend that is Ricardo Fuller heads the list of players leaving the club on frees. A true Stoke legend and it has been a delight to see him weave his magic on the pitch. He has had his off moments including the ‘bitch slap’ on Andy Griffin at West Ham and on his few games this season seems to have lost some of his magic. But he has been superb for us and at his peak unplayable and a menace to opposition defenders.

Also off is Salif Diao, never a massive hit with some fans but he was top draw in the Europa League games this season and when called upon does a decent shift. Plus who can we run a sweepstake on now as to when he would get a yellow card?

Tom Soares has been on loan at Hibs and may well head north of the border for a new club. Lewis Moult hasn’t really done that much first team wise and Andrew Davies is already with a new club, having signed a year’s contract with Bradford where he was on loan last season.

Davies to Bradford and Fuller next?

Andrew Davies has signed a one year contract with Bradford City, where he had been on loan. Davies joined from Southampton in our first season on the Premiership but has hardly played for us and seemed to be one of the bulk squad buys we made upon promotion a la Soares and Tonge.

Another out of contract player Ricardo Fuller is supposedly in talks with Ipswich Town as he has been rumoured to have only been offered a one year deal by Stoke.

Danny Higginbotham in today’s Sentinel states he wants to play more in his remaining year of his contract and if this doesn’t happen this may mean a move away from Stoke. Would depend a lot on the futures of Woodgate, Danny Collins and Matthew Upson plus any new players coming into the club over the summer.


Stoke City 0-0 Aston Villa

It’s a point and that’s the highlight of a dire game 😦

No Fuller on the bench so only presume he’s being saved for the weekend game against Wigan?

Transfer rumours have both Pennant and Jerome supposedly wanting away but of more concrete fact is that Danny Pugh will sign for Leeds Utd where he has been on loan, provided the two clubs can do a deal. Danny Collins could be staying at Ipswich Town and if we are really lucky Bradford will take on Andrew Davies 🙂