PFA backs Stoke City over Jamie Ness transfer from Glasgow Rangers as Newco threatens legal action
STOKE City have every right to sign Rangers midfielder Jamie Ness on a free transfer, players' union chief executive Gordon Taylor has told The Sentinel.
The Potters are poised to complete the signing of the 21-year-old on a four-year deal, despite threats of legal action from north of the border.
Ness has exercised his right to terminate his contract with the soon-to-be liquidated Rangers rather than transfer to the reformed "newco" club.
Newco chief executive Charles Green has threatened Ness with legal action and vowed to claim compensation from any club he signs for.
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But Taylor says Ness is entitled to walk away from his Rangers contract.
He agrees with the Scottish players' union that Green would not have a case if he asked FIFA to block the move.
He said: "The players agreed to defer some money, but the club has not honoured their contracts so they are entitled to be free agents, and I don't see any reason why FIFA wouldn't accept that.
"If you can't honour a player's contract you can't say you wish to keep him and ask for money for him."
Meanwhile, Stoke are understood to have expressed an interest in Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.
City haven't gone as far as making an offer for the player, who is being heavily linked with Sunderland.
But Tony Pulis is looking to improve his attacking options after City managed just 34 league goals last season, the lowest in the top flight.
Wolves are bullish about getting up to £10m for the 25-year-old striker, who still has three years left on his contract.
Fletcher scored 12 goals in 32 appearances for Wolves last year, cementing his reputation as a hard-working front man with an eye for goal.
His ability in the air – seven of his 12 goals were headers – would add to City's direct threat. Wolves paid Burnley a club-record £7m for the striker in 2010.