Player News - Stoke City

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Joe Allen has officially moved from Liverpool FC to Stoke City FC for a reported £13 million fee.

The Wales midfielder had an outstanding Euro2016 tournament that reaffirmed (or perhaps created) the value of Allen in the transfer market. Marginalized to varying degrees since his move to Anfield, the feeling is that his ceiling is as a mid-table player. That the slight player arrives at the Potteries, that once boasted one of the roughest and toughest squads in the division, is perhaps the biggest nod yet to the changes that Mark Hughes has instilled at the club. Don't expect a great deal in the way of statistics that show up in the box score but Allen will be a steadying presence linking defense and attack that the Potters have lacked.
Source: @StokeCity
Jul 25 - 5:10 PM

Stoke City have signed Egypt international Ramadan Sobhy from Al Ahly for a fee that could reach €6 million based on the winger's performances.

Sobhy's name has been in the press with Arsenal and Roma both credited with interest prior to Mark Hughes' side capturing his signature. The player is only 19-years-old so it remains to be seen how quickly he can make the jump from the Egyptian league to the Premier League. It is likely that Sobhy is "one for the future" at Stoke City rather than there being any expectation that he will star this season. Probably not someone worth considering for fantasy purposes this season but definitely one worth watching as the season plays out. His ceiling is certainly such that he could play towards the end of this season with a view towards next.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 25 - 9:51 AM

Liverpool's Joe Allen is set to meet with Stoke City manager Mark Hughes about the midfielder's possible transfer to the Potters.

Swansea City were courting Allen in the hopes of getting him to return to his former club but the Jacks were not close enough in matching the money Liverpool were looking for, a valuation that surely rose after Allen's showing in Euro 2016. Stoke, however, are much closer on agreeing terms, willing to bid £13m, just £1m short of the Reds' asking price. Another attractive aspect of this possible move for Allen is to play for Hughes, who himself is a former Welsh international player and manager. Allen also has arguably more talent around him on the pitch with players like Bojan, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri. This deal looks like it could happen in a few days unless Swansea up their offer.
Source: Telegraph
Jul 25 - 4:25 AM

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes confirmed that the club has no plans to let midfielder Charlie Adam leave this summer.

The former Liverpool man and Blackpool star has seen his playing time steadily diminish over the past couple of seasons, but Hughes said Adam remains a major part of the Potters' plan for the upcoming season: "I think there was a little bit of interest in Charlie, but we haven't encouraged that. Charlie is a part of what we are doing here moving forward, so that's not a situation that will develop." Burnley was reportedly interested in a move for the veteran midfielder after the loss of Joey Barton to Glasgow Rangers but will now have to look elsewhere for midfield help.
Jul 18 - 7:53 PM

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has completed a remarkable comeback from a fractured ankle to feature for the club in a friendly.

The England international played 45 minutes for the Potters in a preseason friendly against Burton Albion over the weekend after missing much of the last four months after suffering the ankle injury during an England friendly in March that caused him to miss the end of the Premier League season and the Euros this summer. Said Butland: "From a mental point of view as well, the last time I was on pitch I broke my ankle, so to get through that and feel what it’s like to be back on the pitch is really good...I concentrated on getting the swelling down and getting the movement back and over the summer. I came in two weeks early and there was always someone from the medical team on hand to help me through stuff."
Jul 17 - 8:36 PM

Both Jurgen Klopp and Joe Allen are anxious to make a decision on the player's future with Liverpool as he begins the final year of his contract.

It looked certain at the start of the summer that the Reds were going to sell Allen but the Welsh midfielder put on an impressive display at Euro 2016, making the situation somewhat fuzzy. Swansea City approached Liverpool with a bid but the Reds appear to have seen Allen's value increased, countering the Swans with a valuation nearly double what the Welsh club were looking to bid. However, Allen is faced with the same situation as last season where playing time looks to be scarce, with Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Emre Can all ahead of him in the defensive midfield pecking order. The Reds also continue to shop for talent in the summer window and it could get very crowded in that area of the pitch. Allen looks best served to move to a new club before the summer ends but Liverpool might need to settle for less than the £15 million they are currently seeking.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 14 - 6:06 AM

Stoke City officially announced midfielder Glenn Whelan has signed a new one-year contract extension ahead of the upcoming season.

The central midfielder has just returned from the Euros where he helped lead the Republic of Ireland to the round of 16, where the side narrowly lost to France after leading for 60 minutes. The Potters will now keep Whelan at the Britannia Stadium through the summer of 2018 with his previous contract set to end after the season. The veteran midfielder has made more than 300 appearances since arriving in 2008 from Sheffield Wednesday. Despite making 37 league starts last season, Whelan remains a difficult fantasy pick simply due to his deep role in midfield.
Source: Stoke City
Jul 12 - 7:50 AM

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has been given the green light to step up his recovery from a fractured ankle after test results came back all-clear.

Butland missed out on a place at Euro 2016 after breaking his ankle on international duty in March. Now, after three months, the 23-year-old has been told he can move onto the next phase of his rehabilitation with a view to re-joining his team-mates for pre-season. Butland posted an update via his personal Twitter account: "Had my final scan and have been given the all clear by the surgeon! Now I can push on and be fully fit for pre-season!" The news will provide a welcome boost to Stoke boss Mark Hughes whose season took a dramatic downturn following the loss of his No.1 goalkeeper. Back-up Jakob Haugaard conceded 9-times from his four starts, meanwhile, Shay Given ended up losing 4-nil in two of his three games after battling back from a knee injury.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 27 - 5:53 AM

Xherdan Shaqiri delivered what has to be the goal of the tournament so far to get Switzerland level with Poland, but Poland would win in a penalty shootout, 1-1 (5-4 pens).

It was an entertaining affair with shots aplenty from both sides throughout the match, though the finishing was not there for the most part. Poland took the lead in the first half, as a cross by Kamil Grosicki in the 39th minute found Jakub Blaszczykowski in space and he was able to nutmeg the keeper for the score. Switzerland won the possession battle in the first half and they kept the ball even more in the second frame, but Swansea's Lukasz Fabianski was superb in the Polish net, making a couple of spectacular saves. There was nothing he could do about Switzerland's leveler in the 82nd minute though, when Shaqiri delivered a stunning bicycle kick from distance that caromed in off the post. The two side played a goalless extra thirty minutes and went to a shootout. Each side scored except for new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka, who's shot went well wide of the target. Poland advances now to face the winner of Croatia v Portugal.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 25 - 11:49 AM

Ireland could receive a major boost ahead of its round of 16 showdown with France with Jonathan Walters returning to training.

The Stoke City forward missed the team's last two of the group stage against Belgium and Italy due to an Achilles injury picked up in the opening match against Sweden. But Walters returned to the training ground to take part in portions of full training on Friday ahead of Sunday's knockout-stage meeting. Meanwhile, Burnley defender Stephen Ward missed training after suffering an ankle injury in the upset win over Italy on Wednesday and is a doubt for Sunday's match.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 10:23 AM

Liverpool has rejected an £8 million summer bid for midfielder Joe Allen from Swansea City as the club holds out for more money.

The Reds bought Allen from Swansea City in 2012 for £15 million as the midfielder arrived as a Brendan Rodgers favorite. Rodgers is reportedly looking to bring Allen to Celtic this summer as well with only one year left on his current contract and Liverpool likely to sell. But Liverpool want closer to £12 million for 26-year-old, who has enjoyed a stellar summer as the anchor in Wales' midfield at the European championships after helping the Dragons win the group over England.
Jun 25 - 10:13 AM

Brendan Rodgers is keen on taking Joe Allen north of the border to champions Celtic after working with the Welsh midfielder at Swansea and Liverpool.

Allen is entering the final year of his contract at Anfield but the availability of the 26-year-old has alerted the likes of Swansea, Southampton and Leicester City while Europa League winners Sevilla are also said to be interested. Allen would be a marquee signing for Celtic with Rodgers targeting "quality over quantity" as he aims to take his side to the Champions League proper by easing through the qualifying phase of the competition in July. "It's not about numbers. I need quality over quantity. When you have a level of two or three players that can really lift the group, you find they raise the bar." Allen has started all three of Wales’ Group B games at Euro 2016 helping Chris Coleman's side seal top spot with two wins from their three matches.
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 22 - 3:22 PM

In a wild Group F, Austria fail to make it to the Round of 16 as upstart Iceland handed them a 2-1 loss.

Austria could not find a stroke of luck in their group, and it began seconds into their first match against Hungary when David Alaba struck one off the post in the opening minute. They failed to score for the first 240 minutes of this tournament and another bitter missed chance by Marko Arnautovic in the 11th minute summed up their misery. He stole the ball off an Icelandic defender in the opponent's box, but could not keep his balance enough to fire into a wide open goal. Iceland scored the opener and Austria finally broke their duck on the hour mark when Alaba passed to substitute Alessandro Schopf who split the defense and leveled the score. Austria needed to find a winner though but could not, as Iceland made it 2-1 in the final seconds to spoil Austria's hopes, a country many thought could make a deep run in this tournament.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 22 - 2:02 PM

Clint Dempsey was the hero yet again and the United States were able to make their two goal cushion stand, squeezing past Ecuador, 2-1.

Dempsey opened the scoring in this one in the 22nd minute, heading in a pinpoint cross from Jermaine Jones, giving him a goal in three consecutive matches in this tournament. In the second half, a double red card brought both sides down to ten men, with Jones being shown a straight red for making contact with an opponent's face.The US would double their lead in the 65th minute though. A cross was delivered to Gyasi Zardes who headed it back into the path of Dempsey. His shot was stopped but the resulting loose ball gave Zardes a simple tap-in. Things began to crack from that moment on however, as Ecuador would pull one back less than 10 minutes later and the final quarter hour was a test of withstanding consistent pressure from Ecuador. The US held though, but disciplinary issues will see them without influential Bobby Wood, Jones and Alejandro Bedoya in the semis.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 16 - 11:42 PM

Martin O’Neil has revealed that Jon Walters is "pretty doubtful" for Saturdays crunch game with Belgium in Bordeaux.

Walters has been managing an ongoing Achilles issue [tendonitis] since recovering from knee surgery and was only passed fit at the last moment to face Sweden. However, the Stoke forward admitted following the Group E opener: "It was sore after the first minute," although he did manage to complete over an hour of football. "I was trying to run and jump and get through it to see if it settled down, it didn’t. It was still sore." But, despite the early optimism, it now looks like he could miss out on Saturday with reports suggesting O’Neil is already planning his replacement with James McClean favourite to take his spot. Speaking to FAI TV, he said: "Jon Walters, obviously, would be the main concern. I'd say he would be pretty doubtful for the second game coming up."
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 15 - 6:24 AM



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