Stoke City make bid for Danny Batth

Stoke City make bid for Danny Batth

Stoke City have made a bid worth up to £3.5 million for Wolves centre back Danny Batth, according to John Percy of the Telegraph.

The 28-year-old has spent the first half of the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Middlesbrough, but has made just 10 appearances in the Championship and has struggled to break into the starting line-up with Daniel Ayala and Aden Flint cementing the two positions.

And new Stoke boss Nathan Jones is now looking to add him to his ranks before the dealine on Thursday. He is desperate to sign another centre half to compete with Ashley Williams, Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins-Indi, all of whom have at times struggled this term.

One of Batth’s appearances this season came against Stoke and he was outstanding on that day as he helped Boro hold the Potters to a 0-0 draw.

Any deal for Batth could signal the end of the Potters interest in Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke. The 22-year-old has been persistently linked with a move to the bet365 Stadium, but with Pompey demanding a fee of £5 million it is believed that has encouraged Stoke to look elsewhere.

Two up, Two down

New Stoke City manager Nathan Jones is looking to bolster his squad ahead of the transfer deadline.

The 28-year-old very experienced defender in the second tier. Indeed he has made 162 appearances in the Championship throughout his career and was part of the Wolves squad which won the division last season. However he is clearly no longer part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s long term plans with Wolves now establishing themselves in the Premier League, which means they could look to cash in on him now rather than leave him out on loan.

As well as being an extremely experienced Championship defender, and he has also earned a promotion from League One twice in his career too. In the 2011/12 campaign he made 44 appearances as Sheffield Wednesday finished second behind Charlton Athletic following an epic battle with city rivals United for automatic promotion.

He was also a key part of the Wolves team which won the title in League One in the 2013/14 season, playing all 46 games. Those kind of experiences could well be of use to Stoke, who need all the help they can get as they chase a play-off place in the coming months.