Stoke hand trial to Nigerian striker Michael Uchebo

Michael Uchebo
Uchebo would be Stoke's first foreign signing from overseas since 2009

Stoke City have taken VVV Venlo striker Michael Uchebo on trial, with a view to agreeing a permanent deal before the end of the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old is out of contract in the summer and any transfer will cost the Potters in the region of £1m.

The striker's move to the Britannia Stadium would also be subject to the Home Office issuing work permit.

The Nigeria Under-20 international has scored one goal in 13 appearances this season in Holland's Eredivisie.

Chairman Peter Coates told BBC Radio Stoke that reducing the average age of the squad is one of Stoke's main objectives in the coming months.

"We've got a fairly mature squad and therefore we need to underpin that with good young players who can eventually replace whoever they need to replace," he said.

The Potters signed five new players - Jonathan Woodgate, Matthew Upson, Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome and Wilson Palacios - at a cost of around £20m last summer.

Manager Tony Pulis has already said that , a view that Coates agrees with.

"We've got a full squad and a good squad," he added. "Unless something very attractive appears on the scene, I think that's how we'll end up."

Uchebo would be Stoke's first foreign signing from an overseas club since the arrival of Uruguay international midfielder Diego Arismendi in 2009.

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