Ex-Aston Villa keeper on the way to Stoke – who are also chasing Sunderland man

The way that the Potters are carrying on, you might be forgiven for thinking they’re allowed to field two keepers between the sticks next season. Perhaps they’ll need to in order to stay up! Stoke missed out on Scott Carson, who instead chose to play for West Brom, although they now appear to be lining up a couple of decent alternatives instead.

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Setanta report that Thomas Sorenson is close to agreeing terms at the Britannia Stadium, and the Dane has performed well in the Premier League for Sunderland and Aston Villa in the past. It appears that this signing is nailed-on, while the top-flight new boys are also chasing after Sunderland’s reserve team keeper.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis said: “The agent’s coming in to speak to Tony (Scholes, chief executive) on Wednesday and hopefully we’ll conclude a deal.

“I think that the signings that we’ve made so far, and hopefully we can get Thomas, are good signings.

“I think they’ll all improve the team and we’ve got to get players who will come in and do that, not just be squad players.”

The Potters, who missed out on the signing of Scott Carson, are also hopeful of completing the £3 million transfer of Fulop.

“Thomas will be joining in the near future and negotiations for Fulop are still ongoing,” added Pulis.

Stoke are clearly working their asses off to try and recruit some quality ahead of the new season. They have already landed Kitson and Olofinjana to help them create and score goals, now they are puzzling over how to keep out the not insubstantial opposition that they will face. How many more signings do they need to stay up?

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