Stoke City end interest in trialist Michael Uchebo

Michael Uchebo
Michael Uchebo spent a day training with Stoke earlier this week

Stoke City have ended their interest in giant Nigerian striker Michael Uchebo.

The 20-year-old, who plays for Dutch club VVV Venlo, had been on trial at the Britannia Stadium.

"He came in and technically he looks a good player, but he's not going to be for us," Potters manager Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke.

"If there's players that fit the bill and we can do a deal with them, we'll do it, but they have to be good players that will come in and improve us."

Meanwhile, Pulis has said he wants to offer a new contract to midfielder Rory Delap, who at 35 is the oldest outfield player in the Stoke squad.

Glenn Whelan agreed a new three-and-a-half year deal on Wednesday and Pulis hopes more of his players will follow suit.

"There's 'Huthy' [defender Robert Huth] and I'd like to give Rory another year because I think he deserves another year," he said.

"He's been outstanding and a great kid. I've got so much time for him.

"There are one or two still around that I'm looking at and thinking 'I wouldn't mind sticking another year on their deal' so if we can do it, we'll do it."

Pulis will take charge of Stoke for the 400th time at Liverpool on Saturday.

Defenders Marc Wilson, Jonathan Woodgate and Ryan Shotton are all doubtful for the game, but Peter Crouch and Matthew Etherington are available for selection after being rested for the FA Cup victory at Gillingham.

BBC Radio Stoke will have full match commentary of Liverpool v Stoke City on 94.6FM from 1500 GMT on Saturday, 14 January.