Stoke City: Dave Kemp set for European scouting mission
STOKE City's assistant manager Dave Kemp says the club are stepping up their scouting abroad as they plan for next season.
Kemp will be in Eastern Europe to watch a player this weekend as City make the most of having no Premier League fixture because of the international break.
While Stoke won't be taking league survival for granted at this stage of the season, they are keen to have potential signings lined up for the summer.
The Potters have signed Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea from America's Major League Soccer since last summer and Kemp says they are keen to look for more players abroad.
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He said: "I think you have to. Look at the make up of teams in the Premier League, they have players from all over the world.
"The days of looking at just England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are over.
"The world has changed in football. It used to be about Europe and South America, but now clubs are bringing in players from Africa and the Far East.
"When I was at Wimbledon we used to regularly look at players from Africa, now all the top clubs are doing that.
"The canvas we are using is worldwide."
The club has already taken a step towards widening their scouting network by appointing Mark Cartwright in December as their technical director.
He's keen to give the manager the best possible choice of new signings by employing scouts across the world.
Meanwhile Kemp says Stoke are likely to make a late decision on Geoff Cameron before City's next Premier League game, away at Everton on March 30.
Cameron was arguably Stoke's man of the match playing at left-back in last Saturday's goalless draw with West Brom at the Britannia Stadium.
However, he plays two games for the United States over the next week, meaning City will assess him carefully before deciding whether to use him at Goodison Park.
Robert Huth's return from suspension is likely to mean Marc Wilson moving from centre-half to left-back, but Stoke have also played Cameron at right-back and in central midfield since his move from Houston Dynamo.
Kemp added: "Geoff has adapted brilliantly since he came to the Premier League.
"But he has two World Cup qualifying games now and we can't pencil him in until we see what condition he is in.
"As with all the players who go away, we have to wait and see how they are when they come back."
STOKE were hoping season-ticket sales would continue to rally before last night's midnight deadline for internet purchases.
Stoke sold around 18,000 season tickets by the end of last year's Early Bird deadline.
Sales have fallen below last year's levels, but the club reported a late surge with 2,800 fans buying tickets on Tuesday, the record sales for a single day.
City had frozen season-ticket prices at £344 for adults, meaning the club has not raised prices since promotion to the Premier League in 2008.
STOKE City goalkeeper Jack Butland is set to feature for England Under-21s in their friendly against Romania at Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park tonight (7pm).
Stuart Pearce's side have already qualified for the European Championships in Israel this summer and are currently on a seven-match winning streak.