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 a player, yet another forward:
Current Club: FK Krasnodor
Position: Centre Forward
Possible Price – Around twelve million pounds
Anybody else interested: Borussia Dortmund and Everton
Giraffe or Lemon: On current form a Giraffe
Where Would He Fit In:
Up front taking over the role currently filled by Wilfried and Super Jon
Do We Need Him:
As with any forward it all depends if he can continue his current goal scoring form. Hughes only look at his bench to realise that no matter how prolific a striker has been in the past it doesn’t guarantee goals in the present
Who’s place would be under threat:
If Stoke were to pursue Smolov then it would mean Hughes has had enough of the Wilfried experiment. In addition, any striker coming in would put Crouch and Walters’ future at Stoke in doubt.
Verdict: Smolov is potentially a cheaper option than some names who have been mentioned recently and as such would present less of a gamble but as always when considering strikers from overseas the lesson of Joselu must always be remembered.