Stoke City are reportedly keen to offload some players before tonight’s deadline to free up some room in the budget for new additions, according to the latest reports.
The Potters’ head coach Steven Schumacher has been in charge since the back end of December but has picked up just two wins from his eight matches in the dugout so far which came against Wayne Rooney’s Birmingham City and bottom-of-the-league Rotherham United.
Schumacher’s side are currently 19th in the Championship table but are sitting just seven points behind the relegation zone, with a huge clash against Queens Park Rangers taking place in less than two weeks which could potentially drag Stoke closer to the bottom three.
Nevertheless, with the winter window closing at the end of the day, Stoke City are looking to complete some business to strengthen the squad ahead of what could be a gruelling fight for survival.
According to a report from TeamTalk, the manager is “desperate” to add pace and quality to his forward line before the transfer market slams shut but will need to offload some players before completing any signings.
The outlet are claiming that the club have been asking around to find any buyers for a number of first-team members to make room for improvements. One of these names is said to be Ryan Mmaee, who joined in the summer from Ferencvaros for a reported £3.4 million.
The 26-year-old’s market value has since dropped to £2.5 million, as per Transfermarkt, but the Belgian has still recorded seven goal contributions in 20 appearances for Stoke City, including four goals and three assists. Now, Mmaee could be on the move again.
When a club needs money, the best players are always sold. The issue Stoke are having right now is that they need to make money quickly but can’t sell the struggling stars, meaning the better players may be sacrificed to strengthen elsewhere.
While Mmaee hasn’t set the world alight under Schumacher, having scored just one goal and registered one assist since the ex-Plymouth Argyle boss took over, it is still his first season in English football and could be a huge asset for the club going forward. However, if Stoke City need a quick buck, selling Mmaee may be the easiest way to do so.