Stoke manager Gary Rowett is set to launch a £6.5m bid to sign Ryan Woods, Brentford’s highly-rated midfielder according to Sky Sports.
Rowett is targeting new additions for his Stoke squad and is battling to secure a loan to buy deal for Woods ahead of Championship rivals Swansea.
Woods is expected to leave Brentford in an initial loan deal which will then become permanent in the January transfer window, with £6.5m understood to be the fee required.
Is the purchase of Woods a good move for Stoke?
I’ve said elsewhere today Stoke don’t need midfielders, but Ryan Woods is different.
What I like about him is not only his ability on the ball, his range of passes and his industry, but also his versatility.
He can play across the back as well and offers in-game tactical flexibility.
At 24 he is the sort of age and profile Stoke should be targeting. Good move.
Woods has been a top Championship performer for quite some time now and this would be a shrewd signing at this level.
At 24, he is only going to get better and he could become a Premier League standard player in the near future.
With Stoke looking to head straight back up, this is exactly the type of player they need to be targeting.
Although they have many options in central midfield, Giannelli Imbula and Badou Ndiaye could leave, Geoff Cameron, Darren Fletcher and Charlie Adam are not as good as Woods and the Brentford midfielder would provide good competition with Sam Clucas, Joe Allen and Oghenekaro Etebo.
Woods is a top player at this level and would boost Stoke’s squad further this season.
It’s good potential money for Brentford, too, and you’d imagine they’ll use it wisely to improve themselves.