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Stoke City closing in on target after agreeing fee with Championship rivals



Stoke City are set to sign West Brom’s James McClean after the two clubs agreed on a fee that could see the Potters pay £6m for the winger.

McClean has been a main target for Gary Rowett since he took over at the bet365 Stadium but negotiations had stalled in recent weeks.

However, talks continued and McClean made his feelings clear that he wanted to move after refusing to go on a pre-season training camp last month.

And, the Express & Star today revealed that a £5m fee has been agreed, whilst another £1m could be paid in add-ons.

This will be a major boost for Rowett who has been keen on bringing in wide players, particularly as Xherdan Shaqiri left for Liverpool.

The move, which is expected to be completed in the next 48 hours, will end the 29-year-old’s three-year spell at The Hawthorns, where McClean made over 100 appearances for the Baggies.

Stoke are also hopeful of concluding a deal for Tom Ince as they prepare for the new season.

The Verdict

This is another big move for Stoke in this window and further backing for Rowett who really has had great support from the board.

McClean is a player that he really wants and his pace and direct style will add a lot.

Closing this deal should be a formality and the former Sunderland man could be an important player for Stoke’s promotion push.

Thoughts, West Brom and Stoke fans? Let us know in the comments below.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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