Stoke City are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of signing England midfielder Fabian Delph from Manchester City, Stuart James of The Guardian reports.
A club source puts their chances of thrashing out a deal for the 27-year-old before the transfer deadline at about 10%, despite City’s willingness to sell or loan Delph.
Stoke believed they were close to agreeing a deal for Delph earlier this summer, with a fee of £12million mooted, but he has sent them mixed messages ever since about what he wants to do, and the Potters are now almost resigned to losing out on him.
That would leave Delph with just two days to find another club or accept a bit-part role in Pep Guardiola’s squad, which could put his chances of a call-up for England’s World Cup 2018 squad at risk.
Newcastle and West Brom were also linked with Delph earlier in the summer, but those links have cooled more recently.
16:00 UPDATE: Life in Delph to Stoke after all? Dominic King of the Daily Mail has contradicted the above claim by stating Delph is likely to join Stoke.
Fabian Delph likely to be on the move before the deadline; looks set to join Stoke after turning down the chance to go to Leicester
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) August 29, 2017
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