Will Stoke’s new signing from Southampton make any difference to survival hopes?

There wasn’t much cause for optimism amongst Potters fans on Saturday, as they saw Stoke City three goals down by half-time at the Reebok Stadium. While this was only one match down, thirty-seven left to play, two of the goals they conceded were straightforward headers that the rearguard should really have dealt with. However, help is at hand!

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Sky Sports reports that City are just about to land Andrew Davies from Southampton, someone who has Premier League experience with Middlesbrough.

Southampton chief Jan Poortvliet admitted the cash-strapped club had no choice but to sell Davies.

He told the club’s official website: “Andrew has been out injured since my arrival and I have not seen him play.

“His agent has been keen for him to complete a deal away from the club and if players and agents feel that way then it doesn’t help the rest of the team.

“Andrew Davies is one of the high earners at the club and we’ve had no secret of the financial pressures that have been placed on us by the bank.”

The 23-year-old arrived at St Mary’s for £1 million last October, having previously been at Derby and QPR on loan. Is this a much-needed reinforcement for the Potters defence, or a desperate move?

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