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3 Way Dog Fight On For Essex Boy …A Scrap Stoke Should Win

So far Dimitar Berbatov, Grant Holt, Guti, Joe Cole, Nicolas Anelka and Andy Carrol have all been linked to West Ham United but the most recent transfer rumour is involving a player with less status than the rest.

Michael Kightly of recently relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers was added to the top of Stoke City’s wish list along with Manchester City’s Adam Johnson, but according to website tuttomercatoweb the team from the East End are making a last minute bid to bring in this bargain bin winger back to the Premiership.

With only 12 months left on his contract at Wolves he would move to any club for a small fee but now that West Ham are challenging Stoke for his signature there is a possibility of a bidding war for the Essex boy.

With that in mind the thought of a move back to his motherland could entice the winger along with the mandatory over exaggerated wage packet. His role would be as simple as Big Sam’s tactics tend to be: run down the wing and cross it to the big lad in the box. Whether you think it is simplistic genius or a strategy that is killing the games aesthetic joy it’s a debate for another time as both clubs interested in Kightly abide by it. This is good for him as he has the potential to hold down a starting role in either first team.

Which one he should choose though is a tough question to answer. Stoke seem to make many a Championship bound player happy in the Britannia and can offer Kightly plenty of targets in the box with such colossus as Peter Crouch, Jon Walters, Kenwyne Jones and Cameron Jerome. The teams short time in the Europa League will only make them more hungry for a return and Tony Pullis may not be on the top of Arsene Wenger’s Christmas card list but he is highly respected amongst many managers.

Whereas West Ham seem to be more ambitious now that the Gold Sullivan alliance has finally got them back to the Premier league, Big Sam is also assembling a squad he feels can do well in the top tier of English football and that many others feel is an upgrade of his Bolton team with the same keeper and Kevin Nolan. Like Stoke they have some tall centre forwards and Frederic Piquionne, and a need for some out and out wingers so it is possible that something as small as sentiment could sway Kightly’s decision.

Even though most people think it is a full gone conclusion that he will leave Wolves it wouldn’t surprise me to see him stick it out and try and gain promotion in his final year. He was not in the plans of McCarthy but he was one of the less dim rays of light toward the end of a torrid season for the Wanderers and the new manager says he would love him to stay. I doubt he will stay due to the fact players care most about money but a season in the Championship could be just what the doctor ordered for the man once dubbed ‘The Ryan Giggs of non-league football’.

I feel that Stoke City is a team that will give Kightly Premiership football and consistency in first team possibilities. West Ham are being linked with every name under the sun at the moment and Allardyce is known for buying a player other people want then realising he doesn’t need him ie Nicky Maynard and Sam Baldock.

So for me Kightly should go to Stoke City unless he wants the money in which case he should go to West Ham.

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