‘Right direction’ – Stoke City urged to make January move for West Brom defender


Stoke City would be an ideal loan destination for young West Bromwich Albion defender Cedric Kipre, according to Kevin Phillips.

Kipre joined the Baggies from Wigan Athletic in the summer but is still awaiting his first Premier League appearance, although he has appeared in the Carabao Cup.

The 23-year-old is behind Branislav Ivanovic, Semi Ajayi, Dara O’Shea and Kyle Bartley in the defensive pecking order at the Hawthorns, with Baggies boss Slavan Bilic saying: “I spoke with Cedric recently. He is training really good.

“He played a couple of cup games, he is there, but it is a pecking order that we have.

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“We have Branislav, we have Dara, Ajayi, Barts, we have Peltier, and we have Cedric.

“We have a number of players in there. I told him to be fit. He is training really good, he is a great guy. He is fit, he is focused.

“He is a good player. You never know with the form, with the situation with the virus, and injuries, you never know. You have to be ready. That’s what you have to do, and then wait for the chance.”

Kipre is being tipped to leave the Baggies on loan in January.

Former West Brom, Birmingham City and Sunderland striker Phillips believes the Potters should make a move for the ex-Leicester City trainee.

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“I think a lot of Championship teams will be looking in the January window,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“With Stoke, you wouldn’t have to move. You could commute that, it’s only up the M6.

“They’ve conceded a lot of goals and the defence is probably an area the Stoke manager will be looking to strengthen in the January window if he’s allowed to with wages etc.

“That will be a good move because if you look at where Stoke are in the league, they’re just outside the play-offs and are on a good run under Michael O’Neill.

“They look like they’re a club moving in the right direction.”





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