Stoke City are believed to be keeping a close eye on Angers SCO youngster Jason Mbock according to a recent report from France Football.
Mbock is currently on loan with Swiss side Neuchâtel Xamax, and has made four senior appearances for them in all competitions so far this season.
It is also claimed that German side Stuttgart and France’s Nîmes are also keen on landing his signature in the January transfer window.
Stoke have reportedly sent scouts out to watch Mbock in action, although it remains to be seen as to whether they will submit a formal offer for his services.
It seems highly unlikely that Mbock would be signed for Stoke’s first-team squad though, especially given the fact he doesn’t have a considerable amount of first-team experience under his belt as of yet.
The Potters are currently sat tenth in the Championship table, and will be hoping they can put together a positive run of results at the earliest of opportunities.
Michael O’Neill’s side have shown glimpses of their quality this season, but were left frustrated in their most recent fixture, as they were forced to settle for a point against Barnsley in midweek.
Stoke are set to return to action this weekend, when they take on promotion-chasing Brentford, in what is certain to be a tricky test for Michael O’Neill’s side.
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He could be a smart signing for the future.
It doesn’t seem likely that he’ll be signed for the Stoke first-team, as he doesn’t have much experience in senior football, and the adjustment to life in English football can often be a tricky one for European-based players.
But that’s not to say he couldn’t succeed with the Potters, and this could be a shrewd move in targeting him early into his professional career.
It’s good to see him getting much-needed experience in first-team football this season out on loan, as that’ll serve him better for the future.