Writer: Niall Cope
Date:Wednesday January 30 2013
Clayton Wood training ground is set to be busy over the next two days as manager Tony Pulis goes in search of fresh blood to keep the club in the top half of the Premier League.
A deal for American international Brek Shea looks to be well down the line, however the dreaded medical from Stoke`s backroom staff could scupper any deal, whilst a work permit also needs to be obtained before the window shuts at 11pm on Thursday night.
Meanwhile there are reports linking the Potters to Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson. The England international is seen a possible short-term option to fill the void at full-back with Andy Wilkinson and Ryan Shotton suffering from injury and form this season. However Jenkinson hasn`t played a league game since the turn of the year.
Darren Bent is a player who is starting to become strongly linked with a move up the M6 from Aston Villa. The striker has struggled to force his way into Paul Lambert`s plans this season, but any move would be dependent on Stoke selling players to generate funds because Villa would be looking to recoup as much of the £18m they paid for the England international from Sunderland in 2011.
Peter Crouch looks as though he could be one player to leave the club as Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has revealed his club are interested in bringing the striker back to Loftus Road after Crouch left in 2001 when they were relegated to League 1.
Interest in Kenwyne Jones from Swansea had looked to have cooled however the probable departure of Swans striker Danny Graham to Sunderland means Michael Laudrup could be tempted to swoop for a player who recently complained about the scraps he has to feed off at the Britannia Stadium. Meanwhile there is thought to be interest from Turkey for the Trinidadian who has had to settle for place on the bench in the last two Premier League fixtures.
There are still a number of squad players who remain on the books that the manager will surely be looking to move off the wage bill including Jamie Ness, Rory Delap, Mama Sidibe and winger Jermaine Pennant. The club look set to take a heavy loss on the reported £6m they paid for Wilson Palacios after signing him in 2011 as it looks as though the manager has run out of patience with the Honduran international after signing the player who was already injured from his time at Tottenham.
Tony Pulis failed to do any business in the January transfer window last year, but it looks as though he is determined to change that this year!
Date:Wednesday January 30 2013
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