Premier League

Stoke City in audacious €15m bid for dominant Spurs and AC Milan midfield target


The Stoke City fans who are competing in a darts tournament in The Transfer Tavern this evening are discussing reports that the club have made a bid for a new addition for next season.

Italian outlet Calcio Mercato (via Inside Futbol) suggest that the Potters have made an offer of around €15m for Zenit St Petersburg star Axel Witsel.

The combative Belgian international was linked with moves away to both AC Milan and Spurs in January, though ultimately remained in Russia.

Mark Hughes’ side have become one of the most upwardly mobile outfits in English football, embarking on an ambitious recruitment campaign after previously being looked upon as an unfashionable outfit.

Boasting the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan and Giannelli Imbula, the Welshman already has a hugely talented squad at his disposal.

During his time with Zenit, the former Benfica star has made 156 appearances and emerged as one of the most dominant central midfielders in Europe.

Stoke will be looking to push ahead and mount a more serious push on the European spots next season, after an inconsistent end to this campaign prevented a march into the top eight.

How far can Hughes take Stoke City?


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