The January transfer window can be the most fun or most agonizing month of the year for soccer fans around the world. Changes that are made in this window will surely help make a team’s season a success or see them playing to avoid relegation come springtime. Even better than the actual transfers for fans is the rumor mill that goes along with it. At this time of year, fans dream that any available player will be joining their club.
One of the rumors that is out there right now concerns USMNT forward Aron Johannsson, who currently plays for AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands. He is being linked with English Premier League club Stoke City. Johannsson has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances over all competitions this season for the Dutch club, who are currently sitting eighth in the Dutch Eredivisie.
It is reported that Stoke is submitting a bid of around £5 million for the American striker. This deal would be a perfect fit for both parties.
Stoke City is in desperate need of a striker during this window, having only scored 19 goals in 20 matches during their current Premier League campaign. Midfielder Charlie Adam is their leading goalscorer with four. Johannsson would provide a quicker, more mobile option up front for the Potters than current striker Peter Crouch. Though Crouch does have the frame to be the target man at 6-foot-7, he has lost a step as he has gotten older. Now, he is 32 and does not cover the ground that he would have even three years ago for Tottenham Hotspur.
The move would be even more critical for Stoke as Crouch is being linked with a move to Crystal Palace under former manager Tony Pulis. The backup for the Potters is Kenwyne Jones, who has made just one Premier League start this season and has appeared in one Premier League match since Oct 20.
Looking at it from Johannsson’s side, here is an opportunity to ply his trade in the best league in the world during a World Cup year. Stoke City also has three Americans on the squad already: defender Geoff Cameron and midfielders Maurice Edu and Brek Shea (currently on an emergency 28-day loan with Barnsley). They should made the transition a little smoother for Johannsson.
This is only a rumor for now, but as we have seen in transfer windows past, crazy things can and will happen.