Potters make ambitious move for Real Madrid star.
Stoke City have enquired about the availability of striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, according to the club’s chairman Peter Coates.
The 33-year-old Real Madrid and Netherlands front man has been linked with a move back to the Premier League during the January transfer window.
“It may be a long shot but we’ve made enquiries and we’ll see what comes from them,” Coates told BBC Radio Stoke.
“It depends on him wanting games to make sure he goes to the World Cup.”
Coates continued: “We’re too far away from it to know how realistic the chances are of it happening. We really don’t know at this stage.” (BBC Sport)
You have to admire the confidence of the Britannia Stadium outfit in trying to snap up the Real Madrid striker and one wonders if this offer may start the ball rolling as other sides put solid offers in for the former Man United goal machine.
Tony Pulis has done a magical job at the Stoke City helm but the Potters do still have major problems hitting the back of the net. Last term they managed just 38 goals all season and thus far this term have managed just 18 from 20 games and that is just putting far too much pressure on their excellent hard working back four to constantly keep clean sheets.
A move for Ruud Van Nistelrooy is a little audacious but Stoke will have to look for a striker or two in the January transfer window to help the Premier League side push onwards towards a top half finish and help allay and concerns about being dragged into a relegation dogfight.