Former Bristol City Star Tempts Stoke City Ahead of Next Season

With the transfer window practically open, Stoke City is looking to strengthen their midfield and is closely monitoring this 32-year-old player.
Former Bristol City Star Tempts Stoke City Ahead of Next Season.
Former Bristol City Star Tempts Stoke City Ahead of Next Season. / William Early/GettyImages

For Stoke City, reinforcing the midfield and attack is a priority for the upcoming season. While The Potters have already bolstered their squad with two important players who will contribute significantly to the defensive area, helping the team maintain a solid and secure defense, the search for midfield reinforcements continues.

In their market search, Stoke City came across an experienced player with notable stints at Leicester City and Bristol City. Currently a free agent, he is highly sought after by several EFL Championship teams, making the competition for his signature intense.

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Matty James in Demand by EFL Championship Clubs

The 32-year-old midfielder has ended his contract with Leicester City and seems eager to continue competing in the EFL Championship. Rumors within the league suggest that several teams are interested in acquiring the English midfielder, who can fulfill defensive roles.

His last season was spent with Bristol City, where he participated in 43 matches, including the EFL Championship, FA Cup, and EFL Cup. Of those 43 matches, 37 were in the EFL Championship, where he scored 3 goals. While his goal-scoring was positive, he recorded 0 assists, indicating a decrease in his playmaking contributions.

Matty James also had an important stint in the Premier League. In the 2014/15 season, he played 27 matches with Leicester City, providing 1 assist in the best league in Europe. This remains his best season in the Premier League.

Currently valued at 600,000 Euros, Matty James has attracted interest from Stoke City, Middlesbrough, and Burnley. These clubs are keen on signing James to compete strongly in the EFL Championship next season, benefiting from his experience and leadership.

Stoke City wants to win the race for his signature but is also considering other market options that align well with their goals for the 2024/25 season.