So, as we reported yesterday, if a string of mainstream media is to be believed, today is the day where we will finally see if Stoke City have managed to land Saido Berahino or not, which would have made it quite strange to see this morning that we were once again linked to ex-Arsenal and Manchester United forward, and current Fenerbache hit-man, Robin Van Persie.
The Mirror have reported that Mark Hughes is very keen on the 32 year old, who is understood to be open to a return to England, and also open to taking a ‘significant’ pay cut from the £250,000 p/w he is currently earning.
Van Persie had a very impressive return rate in the Super Lig last year, managing 16 goals in just 20 games.
Rangers were also heavily linked with the forward last week, and even jumped ahead of Stoke as favourites as one point, but any move to Glasgow was instantly sounded out by Rangers Manager, Mark Warburton who insisted they simply ‘could not afford’ Van Persie.
The Mirror also suggest that Stoke’s opponents on the opening day, Middelsborough remain keen, however, with Negredo, Rhodes and Nugent on their books a striker demanding the sort of wage Van Persie would come with should be the last thing they are targeting at the moment.
It was reported earlier last month that a move for Van Persie would be a loan deal, and with Van Persie ageing, it would be a real coup for Hughes as there would be essentially no loss should the Dutch forward not live up to expectations.
Whatever the outcome, it’s going to be a very turbulent 24 hours for Stoke City, and one which could see two new forwards moving in, and a few possibly moving out.