Archive for Ramadan Sobhi

Benik Afobe signs for Stoke City

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Second new player in twenty four hours as Benik Afobe signs from Wolves on loan with a compulsory permanent deal in January. Wolves only signed Benik permanently from Bournemouth earlier this month after a successful loan spell there last season.

Leaving the club today is Ramadan Sobhi who joined Huddersfield Town for £5.7m. He showed glimpses of class, however he failed to hold down a regular place in the team and be good to see if he can develop with his new club.

Stoke City pre-season friendlies

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on June 5, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City attend a training camp in Germany w/c 16 July with a mini-tournament on Saturday 21 July against SV Meppen and Hamburg. The players report back for pre-season training on 27 June.

Incomings could be Wolves striker Benik Afobe, who has only just signed permanently with Wolves following a loan spell from Bournemouth last season. Bizarrely he has only just signed for Wolves, however Wolves look set to make a couple of million profit as they paid Bournemouth £10m and we are rumoured to be bidding £12.5m.

Stoke have also had a £4m bid for West Brom midfielder James McLean rejected, although it is looking likely he will sign for either us or Cardiff as he has stated he wants to leave West Brom this summer.

Ramadan Sobhi has completed a medical ahead of a move to Huddersfield Town which is set to complete before he competes for Egypt in the World Cup.

Other confirmed friendlies are –

Wed 18 July VFL Bochum (A)

Sat 21 July SV Meppen v Stoke City/Hamburg v Stoke City – Hänsch-Arena

Wed 25 July Wolves (H)

Sat 28 July FC Pauli (A)

3 Aug Championship season starts

Summer transfers 2018 –


Stephen Ireland – released

Glen Johnson – released

Jese Rodriguez – loan finished

Kostas Stafylidis – loan finished

Kevin Wimmer – Hannover 96 (season long loan with option to make permanent at the end of the season)

Kurt Zouma – loan finished

Grant signs and Frank Soo book

Posted in Books, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke have signed goalkeeper Lee Grant from Derby County on a permanent contract following a loan spell since last August. He has joined on a two and half year contract for a few of £1.3m.

We have three players at the African Cup of Nations this month – Bony, Diouf and Sobhi.Bony had been the subject of a possible move to China but he seems to be staying out to see his season long loan out and get back into the starting XI.

Not much else transfer wise bar the possibility of Peter Crouch and Ibrahim Afellay both being offered new deals as their current ones finish this summer. Quite a few players are out of contract this summer including Glen Johnson, Stephen Ireland, Charlie Adam, Phil Bardsley and Shay Given. Plus we’ve still got Dionatan Teixeira on our books until June!!!

Recently published is a biography of Stoke player Frank Soo called ‘The Wanderer’ by Susan Gardiner. You can see more here at


Ryan Sweeney signs from Wimbledon AFC

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on August 5, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke have signed the highly promising defender Ryan Sweeney from AFC Wimbledon for a fee of £250k. He’s only 19 and looks set for a role in the Academy set-up or possibly a loan move for the short term. Good signing on the basis of reports about him and hopefully he will make the first team in due course.

Ramadan Sobhi’s first day of training with us can be seen here. Lots of excitement over his signing, not only from us Stoke fans but his many fans in Egypt.

The ongoing saga of the possible signing of West Brom’s Saido Berahino looks to be in doubt again after West Brom completed a takeover by a Chinese businessman. However, he was previously at Blackburn and an admirer of Mark Hughes’s management so maybe this could help the transfer?

The rumour mill has Peter Crouch linked with a possible move to Wolves. Possible although if he does drop down a division clubs like Brighton may also be interested.

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.


Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on July 12, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Glen Whelan has agreed a one year contract extension which sees him at the club now until the summer of 2018. Good to get him committed to the club as one of our longest serving players, and along with Walters a good character to have in your team on and off the field.

We are closing in on our first summer signing, rising Egyptian star Ramadan Sobhi. All subject to work permits which has scuppered a few of our signings in the past. Sign him now Mr Hughes!