Michael O’Neill will embark on his first summer transfer window with Stoke City in a few months time, and we have looked into two recent transfer links he could revisit.
Since taking over at Stoke in early-November, replacing Nathan Jones – O’Neill has been fully focused on finding consistency and moving the former Premier League side up the Championship league table.
Having approached the January transfer window looking at who he could bring in to bolster his side for the remainder of the season – O’Neill did manage to seal some deals.
Joining both on a loan deal was James Chester, arriving to bolster Stoke’s defensive options from Aston Villa.
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Looking to build on those deals and put his own stamp on the club, O’Neill will undoubtedly look to further strengthen his squad this coming summer, and with that in mind – we have taken a look at TWO players he could look to sign…
O’Neill may opt to bolster his attacking options and freshen things up with the likes of Sam Vokes and Lee Gregory struggling for consistency.
Tyrese Campbell is an obvious starter for Stoke, given his good form since the Northern Irish coach came into the club – but the youngster is in desperate need of a regular strike partner.
Gayle has been struggling for playing time this season with Premier League side Newcastle, and he is accustomed to the Championship, having a prolific spell with West Bromwich Albion last season.
A failed move last summer for Gayle could see Stoke try again with Newcastle expected to make him available for sale this summer.
Young English striker Cosgrove has been enjoying a largely in-form spell with Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen this term, and a deal could be looked into once again by Stoke, having been linked over the festive period.
As previously mentioned, O’Neill could look to freshen up his Stoke attack – and adding Cosgrove would add a player who is ready for the challenge of Championship football.
The 23-year-old started his career with Wigan Athletic, before spells at Barrow, Chorley, North Ferriby United and Carlisle United led him to Scotland.
44 goals in 87 games over the last two seasons makes Cosgrove an interesting option.