It’s always hard to split idle gossip from actual news during the transfer window, but confirmation has arrived that there is real substance in the stories linking Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios with a move to Stoke City.
Potters Chairman Peter Coates confirmed that talks had been going on for some time as he stated that his club had made their final bid for the pair.
“We’ve made our last bid. The ball is in their court. We shall not be negotiating from where we are,” Coates told BBC Radio Stoke.
“The last conversation I had with Spurs, we had not agreed anything. We’ll see what happens, but we haven’t got any further.”
It’s believed that Spurs want £20m for the pair and while we are unsure as to what Stoke’s final bid consists of, it’s thought to be some way short of that figure.
However, as many have said on here throughout the summer, if Levy truly wants to streamline this squad, he may well have to take what’s on offer to clear the deadwood from the Spurs’ fringes before the end of August.