Stoke City: Tony Pulis pursues interest in Wolves winger Michael Kightly
STOKE boss Tony Pulis is pursuing his interest in Wolves winger Michael Kightly with just 18 days to go before the start of the new Premier League season.
Wolves have received a modest seven-figure offer for the 26-year-old Molineux favourite, but are declining to say who from.
Pulis has been keeping close tabs on Kightly's fellow winger Matt Jarvis since both became fair game after Wolves were relegated in May.
But while Jarvis will cost nearer £6m, Kightly could be prised away for a third of that because he only has a year left on his contract.
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Kightly's value has fluctuated markedly over the past couple of seasons after injury problems sidelined him for 18 months from November 2009 to April 2011.
But Basildon-born Kightly, who joined Wolves from non-league Grays five years ago, resurfaced last season during a loan spell at Watford before impressing for Wolves in the final few months of their relegation campaign.
His best work has come on the right flank – immediately opening up the prospect of a challenge to Jermaine Pennant – but he can also play behind the main striker and switch to the left wing if required.
Wolves remain in the market for at least one new central defender, so that could leave the door ajar for Danny Higginbotham to act as a makeweight in any Stoke move for Kightly.
Higginbotham remains keen to seek first-team football elsewhere – either on loan or permanently – if he is surplus to requirements at the Britannia.
Meanwhile, Stoke tackle Kansas City tomorrow evening in the third and final friendly of their exhausting American tour.
Pulis will take a rain check on both Cameron Jerome and Marc Wilson after both failed to finish Saturday's 1-0 win at Orlando City because of knee problems.
Midfielder Glenn Whelan is available for selection, despite his second-half dismissal for two yellow-card offences in Orlando.