Stoke City enjoyed a busy transfer deadline day and signed three players just before the 11 o clock deadline. Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios sign from Spurs, while Cameron Jerome joins from relegated Birmingham City.
Peter Crouch, who cost a reported £10m, was the marquee signing for Tony Pulis and shows Stoke’s ambition to progress and challenge for European places. The 30 year old struggled slightly last season, only scoring four league goals. Crouch has a proven Premier League pedigree, however, and has scored relatively regularly for Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Spurs in England’s top division.
Cameron Jerome further bolsters a forward line that only contained Kenwyne Jones and the injury prone Ricardo Fuller. Jerome cost £4m and has a lot to prove after only scoring three Premier League goals in Birmingham’s ill-fated 2010/11 campaign. Jerome did score 11 Premier League goals the previous season and Pulis will be hoping the 25 year old can rediscover that form.
Wilson Palacios joins for a reported £8m and adds an element of steel to the Stoke central midfield. Palacios was a regular starter in his first 18 months at Spurs, but became a bit part player last season. Spurs’ signing of Scott Parker today made the Honduran surplus to requirements.