Date: 17th August 2011 at 6:56am
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22 year old Stoke City defender Ryan Shotton is expected to sign for Burnley ahead of Saturday`s visit of Cardiff City according to the Lancashire Telegraph, although it is not clear regarding the actual timing or the structure of the deal.

A permanent deal, for around £1m, was being mooted but one of our Championship rivals, Ipswich have apparently already offered £1.5m and been turned down. A number of clubs in addition to Burnley and Ipswich have also reportedly shown an interest so we could face stiff competition to sign him. One advantage we may have is that his agent is also Martin Paterson`s but even if we can`t make the move permanent a loan deal may be a possibility. By all accounts, Shotton has also stated he would like a move to Turf Moor after being impressed by Eddie Howe`s ambitions for the club.

A centre back, Shotton is also a long throw-in expert for Stoke and could be seen as a deputy for Rory Delap. Pulis therefore might be reluctant to release the player on a permanent basis since that particular tactic seems to be crucial to Stoke`s game. However, according to the LT, Pulis would be prepared to sell the player despite seemingly being in his recent plans. Shotton made a substitute appearance in Stoke`s opening game of the Premier League season against Chelsea and looks set to be involved in their Europa League qualifier against Swiss Super League side FC Thun on Thursday. The finalisation of any deal therefore may have to wait until after Thursday night.

Shotton came through Stoke`s youth system and although having made only limited appearances for the first team, he does have experience of the Championship having played 30 games out on loan to Barnsley in 2009-10. He has also had loan spells at Altrincham and Tranmere Rovers.

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