Perfect option for Pulis’ Stoke available for free for former boss Hughes

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Could Morten Gamst Pedersen be on his way to the Britannia Stadium this summer?

Blackburn Rovers have informed Norwegian stalwart Morten Gamst Pedersen that he can leave Ewood Park this summer - with Rovers even willing to let him depart on a free transfer.

It comes as he has dropped out of the starting line-up under new boss Gary Bowyer.

So with the 31-year-old Norwegian international now available for nothing this summer - who could make a move for the player.

Well the bookies favourite and the name being linked heavily with a move for the player is Stoke City.

Well one thing for sure is that Pedersen would have been the perfect addition to the Stoke team during the Tony Pulis era.

Pedersen, for some of his flaws, has always had an incredible delivery. That remains today - in particular on his deadly left foot.

Not only that, but with Rory Delap departed, Stoke would have been after new long-throw specialist.

Now not many players can rival Delap for long-throw ability - but Morten Gamst Pedersen is certainly one of them.

But what about under Hughes?

Pedersen arguably had his best spell at Blackburn whilst under the tutelage of Hughes at Ewood Park. It was at this time he was scoring ‘Goal of the Months’ for fun.

But with Hughes reportedly set to employ slightly different tactics to his predecessor - a fact made evident by the arrival of Marc Muniesa and Erik Pieters - so would Pedersen be welcomed.

I don’t see why not. Adept on either wing, and occasionally at left-back, he has played over 30 games in each of the last eight seasons - so he certainly has the reliability factor.

His talents have certainly began to fade - but that does not make him a bad player - he just needs to adjust his game.

As an impact Premier League player, who remember will cost you absolutely nothing, then look no further.

Bring him into the game with 20 minutes left and watch him whip in balls left, right and centre - and hope big men like Cameron Jerome, Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones gobble up the chances.

Hughes may be Plan B for the potters - but a Plan A option might be the perfect signing for when backs are against wall in the Premier League this season.

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