Duffy makes it ten…Afobe off on loan

Sheffield Utd’s Mark Duffy joins on a season long loan, making it ten new signings in the summer transfer window for Stoke. He was a key part of the Sheff Utd team that gained promotion to the Premier League last season.

Meanwhile striker Benik Afobe has joined Bristol City on a season’s loan. He’s never shown the goalscoring form he had at Wolves and most fans won’t be sad to see him leave on loan.

Still time for players to leave on loan or sign for League 1 and 2 & European clubs until September 2nd. Get thee gone Imbula and Wimmer!

Confirmed INS –

Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free

Adam Davies (Barnsley) – free

Mark Duffy (Sheff Utd) – season long loan

Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free

Scott Hogan (Aston Villa) – season long loan

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m

Nick Powell (Wigan) – free

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield) – £4m

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Spurs) – season long loan

Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam (Reading) – released and joined Reading

Benik Afobe (Bristol City) – season loan

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

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

Stoke City bring in six

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones wanted the majority of the new signings in before pre-season started and he got his wish with six players joining last week. Five were out of contract players, of which Nick Powell and Lee Gregory look sound business, plus former Burnley defender Stephen Ward signed on a one year contract is another good piece of business. Former QPR and Charlton midfielder Jordan Cousins has worked with Jones previously and could prove to a be a shrewd signing, with him earmarked for the base of Jones’s prefered midfield diamond shape.

Stoke still expect to sign two or three more players, although the emphasis will be on shifting out players, as bar the released ones below, none have left the club yet. Charlie Adam is training with Blackburn as he looks for a new club this summer.

Confirmed INS –

Jordan Cousins (QPR) – free

Ben Davies (Barnsley) – free

Lee Gregory (Millwall) – free

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) – £2m

Nick Powell (Wigan) – free

Stephen Ward (Burnley) – free

Confirmed OUTS –

Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher, Jacob Haugaard – all released at the end of their contracts

Ashley Williams – loan ended, out of contract at Everton

Stoke City pre-season 2019 & QPR at home first game of the season

26 June squad report back for pre-season training

July 6-13 European based training camp

Sat 13 July MSV Duisberg  (A) 3pm local time

Wed 17 July Wrexham (A) 7pm

Wed 24 July Lincoln City (A) 7:45pm

Sat 20 July Tranmere Rovers (A) 3pm

Sat 27 July Leicester City (H) 3pm

Sat 3 Aug Championship season starts

Stoke face QPR at home on Sat Aug 3 at 3pm as the opening fixture of the 2019/20 season. In the League Cup Stoke have an away trip to Wigan in the first round due to be played w/c 12 Aug.

Transfer wise new signings are expected to announced from early next week according to Chief Executive Tony Scholes. Ben Davies (Barnsley), Lee Gregory (Millwall) & Nick Powell (Wigan) have signed according to various reports with Liam Lindsay set to join from Barnsley.

Stoke linked with Liam Lindsay & Butland off to Villa?

Stoke look set to sign Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay for a fee of around £2m according to Sky Sports News. Another linked player is former QPR midfielder Jordan Cousins, who manager Nathan Jones knows from his days at Charlton as their under-21s coach. Cousins would be available on a free after being released by QPR.

Aston Villa are now heavily linked with signing Jack Butland for around £20m and it may happen as soon as this week. Stoke have at least ten players they will be keen to move on in this summer’s transfer window.

Still no official news on signings although it does appear Nick Powell, Lee Gregory & Ben Davies have all signed for the club. They have not been announced yet and would presumably be announced before the players are back for pre-season that starts on June 28th.

In Didcot Town news Morgan Williams has left the club after two seasons and re-joined North Leigh.

Two leave Didcot Town and still no new faces at Stoke

Striker Felipe Barcelos has left Didcot Town to join Thatcham Town, mainly due to the travelling he has to do for games. He will be a big loss as he is a regular goalscorer and a crowd favourite. Also leaving is defender Sam Barder who is also joining Thatcham.

Meanhwile, over at Stoke City no new signings or departures yet. It does appear goalkeeper Ben Davies and striker Lee Gregory have both signed, although they have yet to be officially announced. Our first signings are normally announced on July 1, although hopefully we will announce some signings before then.

Stoke are being linked with a loan move for Everton defender Matthew Pennington who was at Ipswich Town last season on loan. It looks like James Justin is set to sign for Leicester City. The Luton Town left back is one of Jones’s top transfer targets.