Stoke City are preparing a January bid for out-of-favour Rangers winger Jordan Jones, according to reports.
The Northern Ireland midfielder had previously played under Potters boss Michael O’Neill for the Northern Ireland national team – with the pair looking to reunite at club football.
O’Neill has openly expressed the need to trim down the Stoke squad in January due to the amount of sidelined players on big wages – in order to be able to bring in his own personnel and to bring in more quality down the flanks.
Jones has barely featured under Steven Gerrard at Rangers in the Scottish Premiership after signing from Kilmarnock in the summer.
The 25-year-old is desperate for game time and working under his former boss at the Bet 365 Stadium could provide this.
As a left winger, the Northern Ireland international would have to budge James McClean off his perch on the wing, in order to cement a place.
This may be a task for Jones, as McClean has been one of the bright sparks in a somewhat dismal season at Stoke.
Stoke have also recalled Thibaud Verlinden from his loan at Bolton Wanderers, meaning Jones would really have to impress for a starting place.
Meanwhile in the league, the Potters’ awful start to the season may be starting to turn around.
Stoke are unbeaten in three, picking up four wins from six and pulling themselves out of the bottom three in the process.
City have a difficult clash coming up against table-topping West Brom, where O’Neill’s men will really be put to the test.
Stoke will be looking to get their business done, sooner rather than later to allow the new recruits to bed in to the squad.