Archive for Marko Arnautovic

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.

Marko Arnautovic has signed a new four-year contract

Posted in Football, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , on July 27, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Marko Arnautovic has signed a new four-year contract with Stoke City. It has been a waiting game for this and he had been linked with a possible move to Everton. Great news and a real commitment from both player and the club.

 

Allen and Sobhi sign for Stoke

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , on July 26, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City have made a double signing with Welsh international  Joe Allen joining from Liverpool on a five year deal and Egyptian international Ramadan Sobhi joining after his work permit was approved.

Allen said to the official website “I was really excited as soon as I heard of the Club’s interest and it wasn’t a difficult decision for me to make. I am incredibly excited about my future here at Stoke City.”

Two great signings for the club and with a couple of promising youngsters coming through the ranks a good base for the upcoming new season.

Marko Arnautovic has been linked with Everton, however it appears he may be on the verge of signing a new contract with us. Like N’Zonzi he uses a family member, in this case his brother, which may slow things down a little.

Odemwingie and Sidwell released

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on June 13, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

No real surprises in Stoke City’s retained list with Peter Odemwingie and Steve Sidwell both released now that their contracts have expired. Sidwell has already found a new club signign with Brighton on a one year deal, following been on loan with them last season.

Nothing much happening on transfers bar rumours and the ongoing saga of Arnautovic’s new contract. He has stated he wants to stay in the Premier League and won’t reveal more until Euro 2016 is finished.

Preseason friendlies

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Andy Wilkinson scored a last minute penalty in his testimonial match yesterday and as Stoke fans have always said, if Wilko scores we are on the pitch…the fans kept their promise 🙂

A great player for the club, wishing Andy Wilkinson all the best in the future.

Summer transfer rumours will be in full swing and we need to fill a few gaps in our 25 man squad with Peter Odemwingie out of contract and being released. Steve Sidwell is also likely to be given a free following his recent loan spell at Brighton. A key piece of summer business will be sorting the future of Marko Arnautovic which is still up in the air, despite him having a year left on his current contract. Shades of N’Zonzi as Marko’s agent is a family member (his brother) and he won the player’s Player of the Year Award for this season, as did N’Zonzi.

The season may have only just finished, however the club have already outlined their preseason plans. Stoke City will have a preseason training camp in Germany and then a 10 day trip during July to the USA, which includes one friendly already confirmed against Orlando.

Preseason friendlies:

Sat 16 July Burton Albion (A)

Sat July 23 Preston (A)

Wed July 27 Orlando (A)

Date & opposition TBC another friendly whilst in the USA

Stoke City 2-0 Man Utd & Pieters signs

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on December 26, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

What a great result today against a Man Utd side who really are struggling under the rigid tactics of their manager. Bojan opened the scoring from an assist from Glen Johnson, with Marko Arnautovic getting the second. Everton away next which will be a good game I am sure.

Erik Pieters has signed a contract extension until 2020. He has become a firm fan favorite and all we need now is Marko Arnautovic to sign a new contract. I am sure we can persuade him to stay on for another couple of seasons.

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January transfer window could see a few fringe players leave like Steve Sidwell, Peter Crouch who must be hankering after first team football, Stephen Ireland (what has happened with him?) and possibly , although any move for him would be hampered by his recent injury.