Stoke City trio Peter Etebo, Nick Powell and Bruno Martins Indi could be set to leave the club in the January transfer window, according to reports from the Telegraph.
Potters manager Michael O’Neill is believed to be under pressure to slash the club’s £50m wage bill next month, with the club looking to conform to the EFL’s new profitability rules.
New regulations state that clubs cannot breach losses of £39m over a three-year period – this could be a worry for Stoke, who have spent big in recent years.
After spending over £39m in the 2017/18 campaign, the club spent big on players under Gary Rowett last season with the likes of Tom Ince, James McClean, Benik Afobe and Sam Clucas all arriving for sizable fees.
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Powell arrived at Stoke on a free transfer from Wigan in the summer, however the attacking midfielder has started only three league matches due to injury.
Etebo, meanwhile, is yet to feature under O’Neill this season and is another one of those players who arrived for big bucks last summer, joining from Feirense for £6.35m.
Stoke sit 22nd in the Sky Bet Championship table and find themselves sitting two points adrift of safety.
This would be a real blow for Stoke if they were to lose these three players next month.
Powell has been so unlucky with injuries this season, but it is no secret that he is arguably one of the most talented players in the league when he’s at full fitness.
Etebo and Martins Indi have been impressive this season too, but due to the club’s failed spending’s in recent years, it means they could leave next month which is a shame.