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Stoke Round-Up: Linked with Napoli forward; Serbian International on his way?

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Stoke Round-Up: Linked with Napoli forward; Serbian International on his way?

Stoke City are among a number of Premier League clubs that have an interest in Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini, according to various sources, including the Croydon Advertiser. Both Crystal Palace and Southampton are rumoured to be tracking the player who only joined Napoli last season.

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The Italian forward, who joined Napoli from Sampdoria has struggled alongside the likes of Higuain and Zapata and may consider a move to the Premier League as a way to further his development. However a £19m price tag may put off some of the interested clubs.

Stoke need to bolster their attacking options with some of their current players beginning to reach an older age and others perhaps not fulfilling the role to the best of their ability. With the potential loss of Marko Arnautovic, the sides top scorer with
11 goals last season, Gabbiadini would seem a like for like replacement as long as the Potter’s get a decent price for the Austrian forward.

If Arnautovic stays however, it may be that a potentially departing Xherdan Shaqiri could be replaced by Gabbiadini. Hughes is certainly searching for similar types of players and it warrants the thought that he knows that an important player may be leaving his ranks soon. If this is the case then Gabbiadini would be a great replacement for either Arnautovic or Shaqiri, but he has no experience within the Premier League and is unlikely to create explosions within his first  season or two, which may affect Stoke in the future.

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Mark Hughes is set to battle against Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce for Borussia Dortmund’s defender Neven Subotic, according to The Sun. Both teams have reportedly had meetings with the 27-year-old and his representatives over a potential move to the Premier League.

The Serbian international has struggled in recent times with injuries, but a few years ago he was often linked to big money moves to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United. More recently he has been linked with a return to working with Klopp at Liverpool, but it seems more likely that Subotic will favor a move to Stoke to help re-instate himself on the world footballing map, especially as Klopp does not seem so keen anymore.


Both Stoke City and Sunderland are attempting to shore up their defences after the last season, but a player of Subotic’s calibre should in theory choose to go to Stoke over the potentially relegation tipped Sunderland and would fit well in their current
set up. Subotic however will need a team that he can be rotated within due to his fitness issues in recent times.

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The Stoke Sentinel reports that marquee signing Xherdan Shaqiri could be on his way out of the Bet365 stadium after only joining a year ago. Besiktas, the current holders of the Turkish title are looking at replacements for Gokhan Tore who is supposedly on his way to West Ham.

This seasons Turkish champions have the ability to offer Shaqiri Champion’s League football but may be unable to pay the expensive Premier League wages of the Swiss star.

While fans of the team and league are well are that Xherdan Shaqiri did not exactly set the world ablaze last season, both Hughes and the player have vowed that things will improve in the Swiss international’s second Premier League season. It doesn’t seem plausible that Shaqiri would move to the Turkish league at such a young age, however German striker Mario Gomez did incredibly well for Besiktas this season and it may warrant a loan move rather than a permanent one.

It does not seem likely that Shaqiri will move anywhere, but the pull of Champions League football may be more than that of a cold windy night in Stoke.

Written by Regan Foy

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  1. Andy Mountford

    May 31, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    “various sources,including The Croydon Advertiser”

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