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Lewis Baker in: How Stoke City’s XI could look if recent transfer rumours materialised

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Stoke City are starting to assert their authority in the transfer market this month with a handful of players being identified to improve the squad.

The Potters have looked as likely as any to challenge the parachute payments trio of Fulham, Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion, at the top end of the Championship table this season but have fallen away to eighth place after injuries took their toll on the squad.

Michael O’Neill will be desperate to get back on track in the coming months and close the five point gap between themselves and the play-off places.

Stoke made some intriguing additions in the summer transfer window to varying degrees of success, but with the motivation of a potential return to the Premier League they are hoping to make a few sensible signings that can get the fine margins on their side in the second half of the season.

Here, we have put together a potential XI of how Stoke could look if their recent transfer rumours come to fruition…

Callum Brittain, Lewis Baker and Josh Bowler have all been linked with a move to the bet365 Stadium and would represent smart business in looking to solidify a play-off place.

This may be the best scenario to entice someone like Callum Brittain to the club with Barnsley looking destined for relegation, interest would certainly arise again in the summer if he stays at Oakwell for the rest of the season.

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Stoke would provide Baker an opportunity to finally settle and try to establish himself in a team for the longer term with Bowler looking one of the more precocious players in the Championship this season.

It will be interesting to see just how many deals the Potters are able to get over the line as we edge towards the window’s halfway stage.

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