Stoke City made surprise favourites alongside Aston Villa to sign Martin Odegaard

Gary Rowett manager of Stoke City gives his team  instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Brentford at Bet365 Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Stoke on Trent,...

Could the teenage talent be bound for Stoke City or Aston Villa this month?

Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid during the International Champions Cup 2018 fixture between Manchester United v Real Madrid at Hard Rock Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

Sky Bet have installed Stoke City as surprise 4/1 favourites, alongside Aston Villa, to sign Martin Odegaard.

As well as Middlesbrough and Derby County, Aston Villa have been credited with interest in Odegaard, who it is claimed could leave Real Madrid on loan this month.

 

Stoke are yet to be linked with the Norwegian teenager, but it is they who lead the betting - ahead of Middlesbrough (5/1), Derby (6/1), Swansea City (7/1), Nottingham Forest (8/1) and Leeds United (9/1).

Odegaard - who at the age of 19 already has 12 caps for his country's senior team - spent most of last season playing right wing for Heerenveen in Holland's Eredivisie, but can also operate in a central attacking midfield role.

Martin Odegaard of sc Heerenveen battles for the ball with Andres Guardado of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and SC Heerenveen held at Philips Stadion on...

And while Stoke are not currently short in either of those positions, speculation continues to link Badou Ndiaye, Mame Biram Diouf and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting with moves away from the Bet365 Stadium.

Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Derby are among those tipped to challenge pre-season favourites Stoke for the Championship title this season.

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