Okay, so we all know Juan Agudelo the player is now Stoke City property. And if you read NSC, you apparently are the only ones anywhere who already know that his is no new second-chance deal, but that he has actually been signed to the club since the August pre-deal. I keep wondering when other outlets will figure this out. Sky thinks he is going to Stoke on loan. Cripes, ITV does not even realize it is done yet.
Now, loan suitor names have started to leak out - some true, some false. Let us finally discuss this openly.
I know Standard Liège have a great shot, they seem the favorites. At least they did a couple days ago, for what it may be worth. A couple local scribes have gotten wind that FC Twente are making a play, and I can confirm this is correct. Beyond that, it is a foggy picture. It would make a good amount of sense, but I cannot confirm rumored loan bidder Anderlecht are currently in the running. Ditto to an extent for known admirers Valencia - but if I had to make a call gun-to-head, my guess would be they are gone now. There was at least one other big Dutch team milling about on my last check, but erm, I am stuck between two possibles on that identity.
As for the time to learn his temporary home until the end of the season, I believe that is coming very soon. Of course, these things often take longer than I expect. Or maybe I am just impatient. The good news is it seems very, very likely that he will be located not terribly far from me for a while.
UPDATE: For the second time in a week, Het Laatste Nieuws has effectively shot down supposed Anderlecht loan interest in Agudelo. Trust me, guys, I know how you feel. Raise an honorary NSC Offside Flag for HLN and let it ripple twice.
UPDATE UPDATE: I am not sure where it came from, but some Stoke message boards seem to think Hannover 96 is an option in some sort of deal that would also bring them Mame Biram Diouf this summer. The latter part makes no sense, as the Reds striker is a summer freebie. I cannot yet confirm or deny this talk, but as of a few weeks ago there was no loan suitor in Germany.
- Greg Seltzer