Premier League heavyweights Arsenal are said to be open to the sale of Northern Ireland international defender Daniel Ballard amidst the interest from English Championship team Stoke City. This is according to the report from the stables of the London Evening Standard.
Northern Irish centre back Ballard will return to Arsenal this summer on the back of an impressive loan spell at Championship club Millwall. He had earlier spent some time on loan at fellow Championship team Blackpool last season. The Arsenal loanee was an integral part of the Blackpool squad that secured promotion to the English Championship from League One via the playoffs at the end of last season. Continue reading ARSENAL OPEN TO BALLARD SALE
Stoke have been at the top level though, spending ten years in the Premier League between 2008 and 2018. Ever since relegation in 2018, they have remained in the Championship and still hope they will one day return to the top flight. Their support has dropped since being in the Championship but nevertheless remains at an average of 19,461 this season so there are still a high number of devoted Stoke fans.
Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker was set for shock recall to the team until he tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week. The Stoke City target was on course to make an appearance against West London rivals Brentford in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals until the virus struck. Brentford play hosts to the Blues in one of the three quarterfinal ties scheduled for Wednesday night with a place in the last four up for grabs.
26-year-old Baker was linked with English Championship club Stoke City in the summer and he was on course to make just his second Chelsea appearance in almost eight years before the positive Covid-19 test. He made his Chelsea debut in 2014 and that was his only appearance for the club till date.
Stoke City were unable to build on their win over Hudders field Town in the English Championship at the weekend after they settled for a draw in their latest game at home to Barnsley. The Potters had earlier returned to winning ways after their first defeat of the season in the English Championship.
Michael O’Neill and his Stoke City players were beaten comprehensively by Fulham for their first defeat in the Championship this season. Stoke City were on the end of a 3-0 defeat to hosts Fulham thanks to the goals from Harry Wilson, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Bobby Reid. The Potters bounced back from that first Championship loss this season with the 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town. They had to come from behind to pick up the three points on offer against the Terriers with all the goals coming in the second half. Continue reading CHAMPIONSHIP: STOKE IN BARNSLEY DRAW
Young central defender Harris O’Connor has joined Premier League side Burnley on trial for a period ahead of the start of the 2021/22 season. The Daily Record reported that the 19-year-old defender has joined the Clarets shortly after leaving Scottish Premiership champions Rangers this summer.
The abovementioned Scottish media outlet had earlier reported that Stoke City and Sunderland were interested in the player. Apart from Sunderland and Stoke City, newly promoted Premier League team Watford were also said to be interested in signing the Scottish player.
English Championship giants Stoke City are one of the clubs interested in signing Liverpool striker TaiwoAwoniyi and they have been quoted the asking price for the player. This is according to the report from popular media platform The Athletic.
Stoke City lacked the necessary firepower to mount a serious assault on a place in the playoffs or the top two spots that guarantee automatic Premier League promotion during the just ended season and they are ready to address that in the new season with the reported interest in Nigerian attacker Awoniyi. Continue reading STOKE CITY QUOTED £8M FOR STRIKER
Stoke City have been handed a double boost for their English Championship clash with Coventry City on Wednesday night with the return to fitness of both John Mikel Obi and Nick Powell.
Ex-Manchester United and Crewe Alexandra player Powell has been a goalscoring sensation from midfield for manager Michael O’Neill this season and the former Northern Ireland national team boss is delighted to be able to call on him for the visit of Coventry City at the Bet365 Stadium. Continue reading STOKE HANDED BOOST FOR COVENTRY CLASH
The transfer deadline is coming drawing nearer and while some clubs are looking to continue making additions to their squad, other clubs continue to be nervous and wary of bigger sides who would want to bully them into selling their prized assets. This is currently the situation Stoke City find themselves in.
Stoke City have agreed on personal terms with Schalke 04 winger Rabbi Matondo as the player arrived to complete his medicals and every other finishing touches to the deal. Football Insider exclusively revealed that the Championship club have finally come to an agreement with the German Bundesliga side following weeks of talks as they finalised the transfer discussions.
The Wales International will join Stoke City on loan for the remainder of the season and will undergo his medicals in the next 24 hours to seal his transfer from Germany to England. The bid tabled by Stoke City was finally accepted on Sunday and Matondo was then allowed to travel to England to complete the necessary details regarding the transfer. Continue reading STOKE CITY COMPLETE THE SIGNING OF MATONDO