Writer: Chris Baldwin
Date:Sunday August 31 2008
Stoke City are still on the trail of some new signings ahead of the transfer window slamming shut tomorrow night.
Ipswich striker, Jon Walters has been linked with the Potters since the end of last season as the Tractor Boys have battled to keep their player of the season, but it now appears that Stoke have submitted a £2m bid for the 24 year old right winger which could be accepted.
Stoke have put in a £5m bid for Cardiff winger Joe Ledley (pictured). The Welshman has come up through the youth ranks at Ninian Park and the Welsh international structure and is now a firm fixture for Wales and Cardiff despite still being only 21. Peter Ridsdale, the Cardiff chairman, has said that the bid has been rejected, but with Cardiff's well-publicised financial problems it's a matter of waiting to see if the Potters submit another bid that the Bluebirds can't turn down.
Despite recent reports that Stoke had submitted a £7m bid to Liverpool for both Jermaine Pennant and Sami Hyypia, it was thought that Pennant fancied a move to Blackburn and that Hyypia wanted to remain at Anfield. But the Lancashire Evening News reckons that Pennant may be joining the Potters after all in a £4m deal.
Danny Higginbotham is another one that has been linked for a while in a move back to his old club. Stoke are reported to have put in a £1.75m offer compared to the £2.5m we sold him for just 12 months ago, but with Wolves also expressing interest in the Sunderland defender and the arrival of Sonko at the Brit, we wonder if the chances of a deal could be receding.
There is still no news yet of the fate of the Potters' two African targets, Haminu Dramani and Kanga Akala. Dramami had been training with the Potters in anticipation of a loan deal with his current club Locomotiv Moscow, but some reports quoted their chairman as saying that he is not available until the end of the Russian season in November. Akala also seems keen to move to the Brit from French club, Lens after spending last season on loan at Marseilles but there could be work permit issues with both of these which may mean that time is now too short.
Despite the rumour mill working overtime this year, it's more than likely that Tony Pulis also has a player or two up his sleeve that no one knows about and with just 30 hours to do the business it's likely to go all the way to midnight tomorrow.
Date:Sunday August 31 2008
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