With less than a month to go until the transfer window opens the footballing rumour mill is beginning to build into a crescendo of speculation. In keeping with this tradition I will be giving you my run down on the players who are being linked with a move to the Bet365. This time one of the most exciting young players in Europe:
Current Club: Lille (on loan at Zulte Waregem)
Position: Defensive Midfield
Possible Price – Between six and eight million pounds
Anybody else interested: Crystal Palace
Giraffe or Lemon: Potentially a bull of a giraffe
Where Would He Fit In:
Either next to Glenda or Clumsy at the base of the midfield.
Do We Need Him:
My heart would say no because Glenda has been such a consistent performer for Stoke over the years and Clumsy is one of players of the season but my head tells me Glenda’s legs are going and bringing in a younger version is a priority over the next twelve months.
Who’s place would be under threat:
In the upcoming transfer window I wouldn’t expect Glenda to be replaced but if Meite did arrive and performed well for the remainder of the season I would expect the Irishmen would be allowed to leave. Bringing in such a player would also allow Stoke to trim the fat in our midfield ranks and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Charlie Boy and Stephen Ireland become surplus to requirements.
Verdict: Of all the names we have been linked to so far this is the one which excites me the most but it is also in a position where we are well served, with the returning Afellay also looking to compete with Glenda and Clumsy for a place in the starting XI.