Emergency loan deal for Stoke City keeper

Joe Bursik is expected to join Peterborough United on an emergency loan from Stoke City.

The 20-year-old had spent the first part of the season at Doncaster Rovers as part of his development but was recalled to make his Championship debut following injuries to Adam Davies and Angus Gunn.

He made a major impression, particularly with his sweeping and distribution, and has been rewarded with call-ups to England under-21s having handed the gloves back to Gunn then Davies.

Fifa rules that prevent players turning out for more than two clubs in the same season have been relaxed due to the pandemic but Stoke have rejected a couple of bids to take him away on emergency loan after the January transfer window shut.

They have accepted a move from Peterborough, however, following a hip injury to Christy Pym.

He will join former Stoke rookie Dan Gyollai, who joined via Wigan last summer.

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Emergency loan deals have to be reviewed every seven days but Pym is expected to miss the rest of the campaign.

Peterborough currently sit second in League One with seven games remaining. They are two points clear of Sunderland, who have a game in hand, but have a game in hand themselves on leaders Hull, who are three points clear.

Portsmouth are a further seven points behind Sunderland but have won four in a row.

Peterborough head to Swindon Town on Saturday and will coincidentally finish the season away at Bursik’s old club Doncaster.

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