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Stoke City boss hands major blow to Norwich City

stokeeeeNorwich and Stoke City fans in the Football Transfer Tavern were in agreement the newly promoted side were unfortunate not to take all the points after the two sides met on Saturday.

The sides played out an entertaining 1-1 draw, with Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland producing a man of the match performance, and a string of outstanding saves.

The game seems to have convinced Alex Neil his side are in need of more firepower, with a number of chances created but not quite dispatched during their opening three matches of the season.

And a man he has targeted was not a part of Stoke’s travelling party on Saturday, 31-year-old forward John Walters.

Walters has been a key man for Stoke over the past few seasons, but his game time may be more limited following the arrival of £12million record signing Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan.

Norwich are looking to capitalise on that, but Stoke boss Mark Hughes has warned the Canaries they are not in a mood to do business, and are considering letting Walters stay at the Britannia until the end of his contract.

The Daily Mirror reports Hughes as saying: “He wants a little bit more in terms of the length of a new contract, that’s fair to say, but we are hopeful we can come to an agreement.

“We want him to stay but if we don’t come to an agreement we will probably keep him and let his contract run down.”

Norwich fans, would you like to see former Ipswich star John Walters at Carrow Road? Let us know your thoughts below!

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