News today that Cardiff City free agent Joe Ledley is set to join Stoke City and will tunr down the chance to join Celtic.
Joe Ledley – is he headed for Stoke?
It seems that Stoke manager Tony Pulis has been trailing the 23-year-old since August 2008, when the Potters bid £6M for the player, but that offer was turned down by Cardiff.
Joe will not come completely free, as he is still under 24 and Stoke will have to agree a compensation fee with the Bluebirds, which has been quoted to be around £3M, but news today that Cardiff want as much as £4.5M.
Glasgow Celtic are also in the race to get Ledley, but the Welshman is unlikely to want to play his football in the Scottish Premiership, even though he would be given European Champions League football on Clydeside.
The move to the Britannia Stadium is expected to be completed when Joe returns from a vacation in Portugal, but we are still a little surprised that Newcastle are not interested in this player.
He would certainly improve the Newcastle squad and we were interested in this player a year or so back. But perhaps the compensation fee that Newcastle would have to pay Cardiff, is ruling out a move by the Magpies.
It looks like Newcastle have almost nothing to spend on players this summer.