It’s being reported this afternoon that Stoke City and Brentford have agreed a deal for talented midfielder Ryan Woods.
The 24-year-old midfielder came through Shrewsbury Town’s ranks and got is break at Griffin Park in the 2015 transfer window. Highly rated the youngster has gone on to establish himself as a key player for the side since his arrival and he now has well over 200 career appearances to his name.
He featured for them this season in their victory over Southend United in the EFL Cup but speculation about his future had been rife, and Stoke weren’t the only side linked with potential moves for him prior to the permanent transfer window slamming shut.
It’s long been known that that closure of the permanent window would not preclude loan to buy deals from taking place, so quite why the boffins who thought up the recent changes thought it would bring stability for clubs and managers is beyond me. The only thing it achieved was in giving Sky Sports News a second deadline day to latch to with more faux hysteria.
The £7million deal for Woods proves this and Sky Sports state he will complete his medical somepoint today ahead of an official announcement either later this evening or early tomorrow morning.
Woods was their Player of the Season in 2018/19 and I think he’s an excellent capture for Stoke as we look to get our season up and running properly, but this shows the permanent window deadline for what it is.
A fabricated joke that simply doesn’t achieve what it was supposedly designed to.