Stoke City: Jamie Ness to complete Potters transfer
STOKE City will today complete the free transfer signing of Glasgow Rangers midfielder Jamie Ness.
The Potters have moved to snap up the 21-year-old who became a free agent when he decided to terminate his contract with the soon-to-be liquidated Scottish club.
Ness, who is set to sign a four-year deal, will become Stoke's first summer signing.
The left-footed Scotland under-21 international missed most of last season through a groin injury, but is confident of putting those problems behind him having attributed them to growing pains.
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Rangers have threatened legal action against players who refuse to transfer their contracts to a newly-formed Ibrox club.
They have also threatened to pursue clubs for compensation for players such as Ness, defender Steven Whittaker, who has joined Norwich, and striker Kyle Lafferty who has signed for Swiss side FC Sion.
However, the players' unions in England and Scotland and the international footballers' union are confident Ness is entitled to a free transfer.
Boss Tony Pulis must find more of his own budget than in previous seasons having spent £20m on last year's deadline-day signings of Peter Crouch, Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome.
City are understood to have made an inquiry about Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, but the relegated Molineux club say they don't have to sell.
Reports claim they rate the Scotland international at £10m.
Meanwhile, Geoff Cameron, who is being linked with Stoke, proved his versatility by playing in midfield for Houston Dynamo in their 2-1 win over Philadelphia Union at the weekend.
Houston's president Chris Canetti has claimed the Potters have made an approach for the 26-year-old United States international, who has mostly played in central defence.