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Stoke City take positive step closer to sealing transfer deal

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Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies has agreed a deal to join Stoke City when his contract expires, according to Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett.

Davies made 42 appearances to help the Tykes gain promotion from League One last season, but he now looks set to depart Oakwell and link up with Nathan Jones in the Midlands.

The Wales international has now reportedly agreed terms at the bet365 Stadium, and it is expected the switch will be announced at the end of the week.

The 26-year-old has spent five years at Barnsley, and he was a key figure for the club last season as they boasted the best defensive record in the third tier.

Davies’ arrival at the Potters could have repercussions in the future of Stoke’s current number one Jack Butland, as the completion of the deal would increase the chances of the England international joining either Aston Villa or Bournemouth.

Stoke have reportedly placed a price tag of over £20million on the former Birmingham City stopper, but Stoke will now be more likely to listen to offers for his services.

The Verdict

This is a shrewd acquisition from Stoke, and it is a huge setback for Barnsley to lose Davies’ services.

Davies has been a reliable figure between the sticks for the Tykes in recent years, and Daniel Stendel will have his work cut out to replace him given his contribution of 19 clean sheets last term.

From Stoke’s perspective, it has seemed likely for some time that Butland could be on his way. Davies is an attractive replacement, particularly given that the club will be able to generate a healthy profit from this piece of business.


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