Stoke City fans gathering in the Transfer Tavern with the aim of celebrating the arrival of an established star have been left disappointed, after the chances of a move were quashed.
The Daily Mail suggested that Stoke were reportedly preparing to make a move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling, who, when asked about his future and if he was set to leave, was recently quoted as saying that he would consider leaving the German club.
“I’ve got to be honest and say we’ll have to see. I’ve given it some thought and I will keep thinking about it. The situation is that of course I would like to be playing – I’ve been here for 10 years and love this club and everybody knows how happy I am here.”
“I’ve got a pretty good relationship with the fans and of course also with the club. I love playing here and I love this club, and it’s overall a very, very difficult situation for me and everybody knows this. I want to be playing a bit of football at the end of my career and that is why I’ve got to give things good thought.”
Premier League side Liverpool had also been cited as potential candidates to sign the German, who currently has 3 goals and 2 assists from 9 league starts, but reports now suggest that manager Jurgen Klopp has no intention to sign new players when the transfer window opens in January.
Reports state Stoke were ready to pounce for Kiessling should Liverpool cool their interest in the 31-year old, who scored twice in Leverkusen’s 5-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, but Leverkusen’s sporting executive Rudi Voller told German newspaper Bild on Monday a move was not on the cards:
“It’s a fact that Stefan will stay. Of course, he fully deserves that we consider his situation. But we need a broad squad. We’ve only got three match weeks next year. He has to stay.”
Stoke manager Mark Hughes had reportedly targeted the forward with the aim of finishing the current Premier League campaign within the top half of the table.
Stoke fans, should you end your interest in Kiessling or continue to push for his signature? Let us know in the comments below!