Stoke City are thought to be keen on Hearts’ John Souttar as they consider a move for the defender.
The 25-year-old has suffered terrible luck with injuries over the years, but he has shown this season why he is such a highly-rated defender.
Souttar, who is the older brother of the Potters’ Harry, has played six games for the Edinburgh outfit as they’ve enjoyed an unbeaten return to the Scottish top-flight, with the team sitting a point behind the leaders at this early stage.
Despite that, there are serious doubts about the long-term future of the defender, as his deal expires in the summer and reports have claimed a host of Championship clubs, including Stoke, are monitoring the player.
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He’s a potential bargain
Firstly, you have to say that this deal would make sense from a financial perspective as Souttar could be a bargain.
His contract situation means he should be available at a cut-price in the January window, or Stoke could wait and secure him on a free transfer ahead of next season.
To get a player of that ability on such a deal would be great business.
He is a quality player
Most importantly, Stoke would be getting a very good defender.
Anyone who has seen Souttar play for the Jambos this season will recognise that he is a classy operator. Playing in Scotland ensures he is capable physically to deal with strikers, whilst he is also capable of switching play with decent passing ability – much like his brother.
He will have a point to prove
Another important factor is that Souttar will fit the profile of the Stoke squad.
Michael O’Neill is building a squad that is filled with players who are keen to prove themselves and are hungry to succeed. Souttar certainly is that, and he would see the move to England as a chance to show what he can do and potentially reach the Premier League.