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Experienced midfielder prepares for Stoke City exit

sidwellStoke City fans may not be surprised to hear that their club are reportedly prepared to listen to offers for midfielder Steve Sidwell when the transfer window reopens in January, according to TalkSport.

With manager Mark Hughes’ successful rebuilding of the team tactics and playstyle, the Englishman has failed to maintain any real presence within the Stoke squad, managing just 12 minutes of Premier League action this season.

Despite captaining Stoke in pre-season, Sidwell found himself behind Glenn Whelan since the latter joined from Fulham in the summer of 2014.

And with summer imports such as Marco van Ginkel, Ibrahim Afellay and Xherdan Shaqiri playing regularly, Sidwell has become even more out-of-favour at the Britannia, falling even further down the pecking order.

The 33-year old, who has winners’ medals from the Premier League, Championship and Fa Cup, is unlikely to be willing to finish out his career on the periphery of the Potteries squad.

The former Chelsea man is out of contract in the summer, meaning that he would be available for a nominal fee in January.

The Arsenal academy graduate is expected to attract the interests of both relegation-fighting and promotion-chasing clubs, as he will be able to offer plenty of experience for the final half of the season and beyond.

Stoke fans, will this exit prove problematic? Let us know in the comments below!

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