Stoke City are not looking to sign Todd Kane from Queens Park Rangers, Michael O’Neill told Radio Stoke.
O’Neill’s men were reportedly alongside Coventry City in pursuit of the exiled right back, however the former Northern Ireland manager was oblivious to the link when asked about Kane’s possible move on Radio Stoke.
He said: “It’s the first time I’ve heard about it so I would suggest not.”
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Leo Ostigard and Ben Wilmot have arrived as defensive reinforcements this summer but Tommy Smith remains the only recognised right back at the club, and the Potters are expected to bolster their depth in that position before the 31st August deadline.
O’Neill’s men are battling it out with newly relegated Fulham and West Bromwich Albion at the top of the table in the early advances, and they will want to harness the momentum in the coming weeks and ensure they have a positive last week of the window to achieve that.
The Potters have made six signings most recently Romaine Sawyers on loan from the Baggies, the classy central midfielder should give the side more vigour and knowhow in the centre of the park, having played a key role in West Brom’s automatic promotion winning campaign in 2019/20.
As long as the position is addressed before the window slams shut, not showing an interest in Todd Kane will not be an issue.
The Chelsea academy graduate could have been a valuable backup to the dependable Smith, however if he is not a player that O’Neill has identified then he is clearly not of interest to the club at the moment.
Should Smith suffer an injury then there is a chance O’Neill’s hand will be forced however the 29-year-old has been consistent in his availability in recent seasons.
Stoke have looked mightily impressive in the opening exchanges of this season and with some late but shrewd business in the next nine days, they have the ability to ensure they can compete in and around the top six for the 42 remaining league games.