Sentinel Playerwatch - Transfer Window Day 29: Peter Crouch to QPR, confusing Kenwyne and the best of Brek
THE eerie quiet over the Britannia Stadium has been broken.
Hypercharged Sky Sports News presenter Jim White has turned up his ghetto blaster of gossip and the Potters are suddenly open for business.
There are possible outs: Peter Crouch to Queens Park Rangers (The Sun), Kenwyne Jones to Turkey or Swansea (various), Asmir Begovic to a Manchester club (but presumably not Rochdale – The Sun).
And there are could-be ins: Danny Graham (The Times), Carl Jenkinson (Mirror), Andreas Cornelius (Signal Radio) and Brek Shea (Soccer By Ives).
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Starting with the big man, The Sun hit the pavements this morning shouting: "HARRY REDKNAPP is trying to get Peter Crouch to play for him for a FIFTH time".
Redknapp has linked up with the QPR-supporting striker at Portsmouth twice, Southampton and Tottenham so you may as well throw it out again.
It cues up a nice interview with Redknapp leaning out of his car window at some point in the next 24 hours saying, "look, Crouchy's a top player and a top lad but he's a Stoke player, if I wanna buy a Stoke player I'll speak to Tone, Tony Pulis."
In fact, he has already told the BBC that he "doesn't think Stoke want to sell Crouch." In Redknapp-transfer-window-mode that could mean anything.
Jones might be getting fed up with the constant speculation about his future, he might not be but one thing is for certain, his Tweets are just about the most indecipherable messages since Andre Villas Boas gave his last press conference.
This morning the striker, wanted by Swansea, put up one of his clearest yet, but it is still widely open to interpretation.
He wrote: "Morning, in every obstacle in life thru the journey of your struggle the Lord has a lesson it in it for you."
The Begovic to Manchester City or Manchester United rumour has been doing the rounds almost since Stoke were being touted as the best defence in Europe.
The Sun, again, are throwing their mucky paws in saying: "The Bosnian has got his heart set on Old Trafford."
Maybe he's dusted off his whites ready to become the first Stoke City player to act as 12th man for Lancashire since Peter Dobing.
In the Mirror, and the Mail, Stoke are linked with a move for Mile Jedinak, the 28-year-old defensive midfielder at Crystal Palace.
The Mail reckons Bolton Wanderers are ready to write a cheque for £1.5m for the Australian but Pulis might yet trump that.
Shea, of course, was heavily linked with a move to Stoke just last week before it emerged that it would be near-impossible to close any deal before the transfer window shut.
Wait a few days then, and it is now reported City might try to rush the deal through anyway.
SoccerbyIves – which bills itself as a soccer news website focusing on American soccer – says, "the long and winding saga that has been Shea's inevitable departure to Europe has taken yet another strange turn."
It goes on to say Stoke have agreed a deal with Shea's club FC Dallas and the winger left for England yesterday everning for a medical at the Clayton Wood. Are you ready, Brek?
While we wait, enjoy this compilation of what Stoke fans might or might not expect to enjoy down the left flank in the not too distant future, if at all.