We Could Still Have A Shotton Target!
Eddie Howe is still hoping to bring in Stoke City defender Ryan Shotton despite the summer transfer window closing yesterday at 11 pm. It had been hoped to seal a permanent deal but that clearly failed.
However it is now expected that Shotton will come to Turf Moor on loan. Football League clubs will be able to take up loan options in a week's time.
Shotton has featured in recent Premier League and Europa League games for Stoke and even found his goal-scoring touch as a substitute striker getting the late winner in Stoke`s 1-0 victory over West Brom on Sunday. He did seem therefore to appear to be in Tony Pulis`s plans and perhaps this is the reason for why a permanent signing failed to materialise. Shotton is also a long-throw expert, which appears to be an integral part of Stoke`s tactics with obviously Rory Delap being the number one choice in this respect so the permanent loss of Shotton might have taken away Stoke`s cover. Stoke had a busy day in the transfer window yesterday spending £22 million and bringing in Wilson Palacios, Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome so it is quite possible a Shotton deal was not high on Stoke`s priority list and they decided not to proceed.
If a loan deal however can now be sorted out, there could be a possibility that Stoke may allow a permanent deal to be sorted out in the next transfer window in January. Let`s hope so!