As reported by MailOnline, Stoke City have matched Middlesborough’s £5m bid for Sunderland utility player Paddy McNair.
Newly-appointed Stoke manager Gary Rowett has set about revamping the Potters side, securing the signing of Benik Afobe from Wolves as well as Peter Etebo from Portuguese side Feirense.
Stoke fans have been impressed with the speed in which Rowett is overhauling his playing squad, the latest addition set to be Northern Ireland international Paddy McNair.
McNair was a bright spark in a season which saw Sunderland relegated to League One, scoring four goals in the last five games of the season, and emerged from a campaign to forget with his reputation largely unscathed.
McNair can play in both defence and midfield, and would represent an astute signing. But many Stoke fans are not convinced by the player, yet others seem to be cautiously optimistic about the player.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the reports…
i hope Stoke also pulled the plug for Mcnair..
— Ariff Ahmad (@ariffmfcsg) June 22, 2018
I’m missing something here with McNair I’m sure, he must be good clearly because people think he is but I’ve never seen any evidence he is
— Russell Dutton 🇬🇧🏴 (@RussellDutton) June 21, 2018
We need another midfielder especially with GC for the off. Then we can concentrate on wingers and another forward. We won’t be far off then.
— Jamo (@ricohjam) June 21, 2018
If we can sell Geoff Cameron for a couple of million and bring in McNair for £5m I think that will once again be excellent business from Stoke. He would be a direct replacement for Geoff as he plays the same positions and offers the same versatility
— Utch Stokie ⚽️ 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 🏈 (@UtchStokie) June 21, 2018
What You Waiting For Paddy. Get Signing For The Potters & Come Along For The Ride⚽️👍
— Roger Barnett (@potters30) June 21, 2018
Stoke are the only team that has bid for NcNair where the matches the valuation other clubs have been interested. McNair's agent has said he does not want to play for the club again #SAFC
— Simon (@KingstonSi) June 21, 2018