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Stoke seek win over a former friend

By ESPN Staff

Stoke midfielder Ibrahim Afellay's ban reduced to two games

Ibrahim Afellay was sent off in the 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

Stoke City midfielder Ibrahim Afellay has had his three-match ban for hitting out at West Brom's Craig Gardner reduced to two games.

Afellay, 29, was sent off last weekend when he reacted to Gardner touching him and slapped him in the face but Stoke appealed against the severity of his punishment.

A statement...

Xherdan Shaqiri shows how far Stoke have come under Mark Hughes

The ESPN FC crew debate whether Xherdan Shaqiri can take Stoke to the next level.

With the transfer window now closed, it's time to look at Stoke's ins and outs and whether Mark Hughes can be pleased with his summer business.


Xherdan Shaqiri (Inter Milan, £12 million); Joselu Mato (Hannover 96, £5.75m); Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen, undisclosed); Jakob Haugaard (FC Midtjylland, undisclosed); Ibrahim Afellay (free); Glen Johnson (free); Shay Given (free); Marco van Ginkel (loan)


Asmir Begovic (Chelsea, £8m); Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla, £7m);...

 By PA Sport

List of Premier League 2015 summer transfers

As the transfer window shuts, the ESPN FC panel take a look back at Arsenal and Manchester United's inability to secure a marquee signing, Chelsea's new additions, Kevin De Bruyne joining Manchester City to bolster Manuel Pellegrini's attack and much more

A complete list of the moves made by Premier League teams in the 2015 summer transfer window:


Ins: Petr Cech (Chelsea, undisclosed)

Outs: Ryo Miyaichi (St Pauli, undisclosed), Semi Ajayi (Cardiff, undisclosed), Abou Diaby (Marseille, free), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich, loan), Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon, free), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray, (£1.8 million), Yaya Sanogo (Ajax, loan), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham, loan), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma, loan), Chuba Akpom (Hull, loan),...

Jonathan Walters to stay at Stoke after failing to secure move away

Jonathan Walters scored his fifth, sixth and seventh Premier League goals of the season on Saturday versus QPR.
Jonathan Walters had made it clear that he wanted to move on.

Jonathan Walters is to remain at Stoke after Tuesday's transfer window closed without him succeeding in securing his desired move away from the club.

Stoke's summer recruitment of Xherdan Shaqiri and Ibrahim Afellay, and the return to fitness of Bojan, has reduced his importance to manager Mark Hughes in attack.

And, with his contract due to expire next summer, Walters had hoped to move elsewhere in the Premier League.

The forward had even been granted leave from international duty by Republic of...

Stoke keen to sign wantaway Swansea striker Michu - sources

Michu has fallen out of favour at Swansea.

Swansea striker Michu is attracting the interest of Stoke, sources have told ESPN FC.

Michu, 29, impressed in his first season in English football in 2012-13 when he scored 22 goals following his £2 million move from Rayo Vallecano.

Arsenal were credited with an interest in the Spain international, and reportedly put in a £20m bid, but it came to nothing and the striker moved to Napoli on loan in July 2014.

However, he did not impress in Serie A and returned back to Swansea, where manager...