Peter Crouch won the internet with his witty reply

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch’s footballing career is waning down, and the former England international is well too aware of it. The 35-year-old only managed four league starts last season, and this year, Wilfried Bony’s arrival at Britannia Stadium has further complicated the situation for him. This season, he has managed only one start in the league so far. However, the lanky striker is not the type to sulk and mope when the things are not going his way. He quite clearly knows how to banter, and he won the…

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Three Premier League clubs interested in Barcelona star

Barcelona striker Munir El Haddadi is a hot prospect among the Premier League clubs at the moment. The latest reports have suggested that as many as three English clubs are interested in the 20-year-old forward. Catalan newspaper Sport suggested on Monday that the North London club Tottenham are in talks with the Catalan club over the potential signing of the talented youngster. The youth prodigy is currently sitting behind the likes of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar in the pecking order at Barcelona and could decide to leave the…

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Current most expensive XI in the Premier League

English Premier League clubs are accustomed at paying astronomical sums of money to sign players. That has increasingly become the case since the league’s inception in 1992, whereby the transfer fees paid by clubs have grown markedly. Specifically in the inaugural season of the Premier League, Blackburn bought Alan Shearer from Southampton for approximately £3.5m to set a new British record transfer fee. Almost exactly 24 years on, that figure now stands at £55m, which Manchester City paid Wolfsburg for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015. Subsequently De Bruyne would automatically earn…

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Everton to pay release clause of Aston Villa midfielder, Stoke star to reject Toffees

Everton are keen to improve on their last two seasons, in which they finished 11th. The Toffees have a new coach in Ronald Koeman and are eager to return to the Premier League’s top five. The club has been linked with a number of players this summer, while some of their biggest starts have been linked with a move away from Goodison Park. Just think about Romelu Lukaku and John Stones. It’s been obvious that Everton are looking to add more quality to their midfield. Zenit’s Axel Witsel was apparently close to…

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Five of the best free transfers from the 2015/2016 Premier League Season

English Premier League clubs notoriously spend vast sums of money in the transfer market, with last season representing a prime example of that. Specifically after the 2016 January transfer window closed, it was revealed that Premier League clubs had spent more than £1bn on transfers during a single season for the first time. Whilst the Premier League clubs 2015 summer spending reached £870m, they spent a further £175m during January, to give a total transfer expenditure for the season of £1,045bn. That exceeded the previous record of £965bn, which was…

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Dortmund interested in signing Premier League duo

Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing both Moussa Sissoko and Xherdan Shaqiri from Newcastle United and Stoke City respectively. Sissoko’s future destination unknown After performing brilliantly during the knock-out stages of the European Championship’s for France, Sissoko is believed to be a transfer target for both Juventus and Manchester United, as recently reported on Le 10 Sport. There is understood to be a direct correlation between the two team’s interests in Sissoko, in the sense that they are both connected to Paul Pogba’s potential transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.…

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Five outstanding young European goalkeepers set to star during the upcoming season

The development of a goalkeeper is similar to that of a fine wine, in that they often improve in quality with age. Nevertheless at the moment there are some outstanding young European goalkeepers who in previous seasons have defied their tender years to amass a considerable number of first team games and are destined to build upon that during the 2016-17 European club season. Whilst it is altogether possible to profile tens of young goalkeepers to whom that claim applies, this article will focus upon five who have become widely…

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Stoke City fans are split on reported Saido Berahino deal

Stoke City are on the verge of landing striker Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion in a £16 million deal, according to The Sunday People. The 22-year-old will sign a long-term contract at the bet365 Stadium and reportedly get a £70,000-a-week deal. On Twitter, a bunch of Potters’ fans were excited about the arrival of Berahino: And if we get berahino 💥💥💥💥💥💥 — Jack Rawlings (@jackscfc100) 26 juni 2016 Would love Berahino at Stoke — Jack Hurlstone (@_barneyrubble) 26 juni 2016 What a start to the window signing Berahino and Arnie on…

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Manchester United among six clubs linked with the “new Riyad Mahrez”

Manchester United and Southampton have both made offers for Adam Ounas and are waiting to hear back from Ligue 1 club Bordeaux. According to a report by French news outlet RMC, both Premier League clubs have joined the race to sign the France Under-20 international, who’s been dubbed the new Riyad Mahrez. The 19-year-old has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in France after breaking onto the Ligue 1 scene last season, providing five goals and two assists in 23 league appearances for Bordeaux, who finished 11th in Ligue 1. The report claims that…

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West Ham table offers for two Serie A stars

West Ham United will move to the Olympic Stadium next season and are hoping to build on a very solid season, in which they reached the preliminary rounds of the Europa League. Manager Slaven Bilic is particulary searching for a top class striker and has been linked with the likes of Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi, Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, and Juventus’ Simone Zaza. According to a report by The Daily Mail, the Hammers have identifyed a new summer transfer target and have launched a £16million bid to sign AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca.…

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Premier League Season Review – Stoke City

Stoke City: 9th FA Cup: Round Four Capital One Cup: Semi-finals Since appointing Mark Hughes as their manager in the summer of 2013, Stoke cannot be faulted for their consistency, as they have finished in ninth place for three successive years with a similar number of points. The only concern about this is the lack of further progress, which has not arrived despite pulling off a number of high-profile signings and putting together a squad with excellent strength in depth. Finishing three points worse off than in 2014-15, this season was…

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Stoke vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United can make sure of a top-six finish in the Premier League by claiming all three points away to Stoke City, who will determined to end the season on a high having gone six matches without victory. For all of their controlled possession and neat style of play, Stoke are suffering at present due to a lack of intensity when they do not have the ball, as well as the absence of a quality centre forward. Another mid-table finish is acceptable enough for a club of their standing,…

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Crystal Palace vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be aiming to end their home season on a high by claiming their fourth consecutive victory over Stoke City in all competitions when they meet in South London on Saturday. Safety is almost secured and there is an FA Cup final to look forward to for Crystal Palace, but one cannot help thinking they have fallen a long way short of their capabilities this season in the league. That certainly was not the case up until the turn of the year, but the manner of their total loss of…

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Stoke vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Outside of the relegation zone with only four games to go, Sunderland will be looking to make a potentially huge leap towards Premier League survival by winning away to a Stoke City side that has suffered a staggering loss of form in recent weeks. Lying slap bang in the middle of the table with 47 points, Stoke are in a very comfortable position yet manager Mark Hughes currently has plenty to mull over, with four goals having been conceded in the club’s last three games and just one scored in…

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West Ham facing fierce competition for Bournemouth striker and PSG starlet

West Ham, Inter and Olympiakos are all interested in Bournemouth winger Max Gradel and are willing to pay his £10 million asking price, according to The Daily Mail. The Ivory Coast international joined the Cherries only last summer from French side Saint-Etienne, as they paid £7 million for his services. Gradel provided only one goal and two assists in his first Premier League season, as a cruciate ligament injury ruled him out for six months. However, the 28-year-old has impressed since his return to action for the Cherries and is now wanted by…

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Man City vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be aiming to re-cement their place in the top four of the Premier League by beating mid-table Stoke City, whose season is in severe danger of fizzling out as a result of their poor form. There will clearly be an emphasis from Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini on his side’s upcoming Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, but domestic football still ought to be high on his list of priorities as a place in Europe’s premier competition for next season is still far from assured. They have…

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Stoke vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham continue their brave attempts to maintain any faint hope of wresting the Premier League title away from Leicester City with a Monday evening trip to an injury-hit Stoke City side, whose European hopes now appear over. In general play Stoke looked reasonably neat and tidy in their last match at Liverpool, with increasingly influential midfielder Giannelli Imbula showing his off his delicate touch and all-round ball skills, but unfortunately when it came to defending they proved badly lacking and that was ultimately what led them to suffering a heavy…

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Liverpool vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool and Stoke City meet for the fourth time in all competitions this season at Anfield on Sunday, with the both sides looking to continue their push for a European place by emerging with all three points. The hosts still have a chance of going one better by winning the Europa League, and will be in a confident mood after earning a deserved draw away to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Eyes will inevitably be set on the return fixture and fatigue will come into…

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Stoke vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City will be hoping to achieve just their fourth away victory of the season when they make the trip to Stoke City, who still have realistic ambitions of qualifying for Europe. A lot will depend here on which Stoke side will actually turn up. Maybe they will deliver a sluggish performance like in their last home outing against Southampton, or maybe they will get on the front foot from the start and attack with incision and quality, as they did just before the international break in winning at Watford.…

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Injured Jack Butland sends class message to injured Rob Elliot

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland and Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot are set to miss Euro 2016 for England and Ireland respectively. Butland damaged ankle ligaments in England’s win over Germany, while Elliot will be out for six months with damage to his cruciate ligament. Butland sent a class message to his colleague via Twitter, and even offered him to watch the Euro’s together. mate, gutted for you and wish you a solid recovery! you can come round mine and we can watch the euros together! head up mate! @the_dilsh 🙏🏼 —…

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Premier League trio fighting for Dutch star striker

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Newcastle, Southampton and Stoke are reportedly lining up bids for Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost. The 26-year-old is said to be valued at £15 million by the Bundesliga side, according to Sport Bild and as reported by Goal. Rumours have suggested that the 26-year-old is unhappy at the German club, and he suffered a broken foot during training in January, which has restricted his league appearances to just 16 and his league goals to seven this term. Newcastle, with new coach Rafa Benitez, are in search for a star striker in order…

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Watford vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

After reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the next target for Watford is to reach 40 points in the Premier League, and victory over Stoke City on Saturday would see them achieve that. Although the increasing tightness of the mid-table battle has seen them drop to 14th, it has been a magnificent season for Watford whatever happens between now and May, with the club having been tipped by many for relegation at the outset. Under the astute leadership of Quique Flores they have exceeded all expectations and went even further in doing…

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Stoke vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five games on Saturday when they host Southampton, who they have only lost to once in seven previous Premier League meetings. It has been an impressive response from the Potters, who just weeks ago were being questioned in several quarters amid fears that their season could just fizzle out. Three successive wins and an impressive performance to earn a more than deserved draw at Chelsea last weekend have silenced those doubts and ensured that a record Premier League points haul…

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Chelsea vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Something will have to give at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon as Chelsea take their lengthy unbeaten run in domestic football into a home encounter with Stoke City, who have won each of their last three matches. There just seems to be no stopping Chelsea’s ascent under Guus Hiddink, who has instilled immense confidence into the side and has overseen a rise to 10th place, ominously just eight points off the top four as the leading clubs continue to struggle for consistency. It did not take them long to open…

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Are Stoke really a tough opponent on a cold winter night?

A trip to the Britannia Stadium has been described as one of the toughest away matches for any team in the Premier League. But is this actually true? The BBC found out. “They can’t do it on a cold night in Stoke,” the myth sounds, as even Barcelona defender Gerard Pique questioned his team’s ability to triumph at the Britannia in an interview earlier this season. The 28-year-old played in the Premier League with Manchester United, winning the title in 2008, before moving to the Spanish giants the following summer. Barcelona…

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