Stoke reportedly set to swoop for England under-21 international winger

Mark Hughes has stepped up Stoke's pursuit of Norwich and England under-21 winger Nathan Redmond.

According to the Telegraph, Stoke City have made a second bid for Norwich’s Nathan Redmond, with the Championship club expected to make a decision within 24 hours.

The England under-21 international has now emerged as the Midland outfit’s top target after manager Mark Hughes experienced difficulties completing a switch for Liverpool’s Oussama Assaidi, who spent the previous season on-loan at the Britannia Stadium.

After having an initial offer in July rejected, manager Hughes has tabled an improved bid of £5 million for the former Birmingham-man’s signature.

Redmond played in the Canaries 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton on Sunday, but, as per the final scoreline, he was unable to make any significant impact. Despite playing a full 90 minutes he fashioned just one goal shooting opportunity for his teammates, whilst missing the target from both of his own attempts.

  TeamPosGoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring Att / appsShot Accuracy (%)Total Att Assist / appsPass Completion Rate (%)Dribble Success Rate (%)AppsMins
Nathan Redmond Norwich MF 1 3 1.94 37.88 1.00 77.92 47.11 34 2,158

Last season he proved far more effective in a yellow shirt, when afforded game time anyhow. He managed just 12 full appearances in total, despite emerging as one of very few exciting players at Carrow Road.

His involvement saw him net on one occasions for himself, whilst he provided a further three assists from 34 key passes. His speed down and dribbling ability saw him cause considerable problems for opposition defences down either flanks. He completed 57 take ons throughout the club’s league campaign.

The current Stoke side is far from blessed in terms of options on either wing and Assaidi’s departure has further emphasized the need for reinforcements in this area. Although, Hughes finished last season playing a 4-3-3 system of sorts, the lack of a natural wide-man will remain a worry for the club’s fans.

In my opinion, Redmond would be an astute addition on Mark Hughes' behalf. The Welshman has proven his diligence throughout the summer transfer market and the 20-year-old's arrival would only serve to strengthen this notion. 

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