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Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers register interest in signing defender



Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers are interested in making a potential move for Freiburg left-back Chima Okoroji this summer, according to Transfermarkt.

Okoroji has spent time last season out on loan in the German second tier with Paderborn and the defender managed to make 15 appearances in the league for them and help them to a ninth place finish.

The 24-year-old was previously on the books of Bayern Munich before he made the switch to Freiburg after a short spell with Augsburg.

According to Trasnfermarkt, Okoroji has emerged as a potential option for both Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers this summer, with the defender eligible to play in English football without a work permit due to his mum coming from Liverpool. It is believed that has alerted both Championship clubs to his potential availability during the transfer window.

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It is also being reported that Fortuna Dusseldorf are also in the race to secure his potential signature this summer. That comes with the German second division outfit looking to add to their options at left-back after securing a fifth-place finish in the league last term.

That suggests it is not going to be straight forwards for Blackburn or Stoke to secure his signature during the transfer window.

The Verdict

This would be a signing that would be something of a gamble for either Stoke or Blackburn this summer. Both clubs could well be in the market for a new left-back, with the Potters having lost Rhys Norrington-Davies and Rovers having seen Barry Douglas depart following the end of their respective loan spells in the Championship.

Okoroji has had a decent enough campaign out on loan with Paderborn, but his stats do not leap out as anything special really. Obviously, the 24-year-old has ability and that is why he was previously on the books of Bayern Munich, but he has not yet been able to translate that potential into consistent performances for a side for a long time.

A move away from Freiburg seems to be what is required to get his career going. He would surely be keen to test himself in the English second tier and he could help to solve the left-back issues for either Stoke or Blackburn this summer.

However, personally, I think this could be one for both sides to avoid and look to bring in other potential targets with more experience in English football.

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