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Harry Souttar was wanted by Nuno Espirito Santo before Spurs sacked …
Stoke City defender Harry Souttar has been the subject of much speculation since the start of the season, with transfers to Premier League clubs announced ahead of the January transfer window.
According to FootballInsider, the 23-year-old has a long-standing admirer at Nuno Espirito Santo, who was keen to sign him when he was still Wolves boss. Prior to his dismissal from Tottenham Hotspur, the Lilywhites are believed to be considering a move for the center-back and they had sent scouts to watch him several times this season.
With Antonio Conte now in charge on the north London side, it is unclear whether they will continue to pursue Souttar, although the Potters will likely have to fight many other Premier League clubs if they are to keep him.
Stoke City wanted Leeds forward Joe Gelhardt
That’s according to Athletic, who said Stoke City are one of several league clubs approaching Leeds United about a possible loan deal with the youngster.
Gelhardt has benched twice in the Premier League, netting an assist against Wolves. He also made the EFL Cup for Marcelo Biesla and scored twice against Romania Under-20 this summer for England Under-20 in an international friendly.
Souttar was ‘spied on’ by Everton
It’s a link that refuses to go away, with Everton offering the defender more than Â£ 20million.
In the latest update on the Toffees’ efforts to catch the 23-year-old, The sun said Everton coach Duncan Ferguson “went on a spy mission” to check on the young defenseman, which proved successful.
With Yerry Mina linked with a possible move away from Goodison, Everton are said to have “assessed” whether the Australian could move up to the Premier League.
And while Brighton are also said to be enthusiastic, SunSport reports that the price is “probably too high for them”.
Brighton could recall Sima
According to Argus, Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter is set to recall players on loan in January.
Stoke City signed Abdallah Sima on a season loan on transfer deadline day, but the Argus have speculated a blow to Danny Welbeck, Seagulls fear Neal Maupay will someday get injured, leaving Aaron Connolly the only one natural attacker.
Potter said: “The under 23s are here, and if we have any loan recall options in January, that’s something we can look at.”
However, Argus believe the club will prefer to keep Sima on loan “as he adjusts to life in England”.
Wolves can still love Souttar
Yes, that’s another Souttar link.
According to the Sunday MirrorWolves have also joined the race for the Australia international, with the club apparently remaining interested in pursuing a move following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo this summer.
Souttar signed a long-term deal this summer as Michael O’Neill sought to anchor his captain, but it appears Premier League clubs continue to line up for his signing.