Stoke City outcast Liam Lindsay could be set for a loan move to Championship rivals Rotherham United.
The central defender has not featured at all this season after falling behind Danny Batth, James Chester, Harry Souttar, Nathan Collins and Ryan Shawcross in the pecking order.
With that in mind it would be no surprise to see him move on during the transfer window. Sun journalist Alan Nixon says Rotherham would be keen on taking the former Barnsley man, as they fight relegation from the Championship.
Manager Michael O’Neill was asked about departures a week ago and he admitted players outside the first team squad need to go out and get game time.
The wait goes on. It will now be at least six years between Stoke City victories in the FA Cup after coming up against an in-form Leicester side who were patient and then ruthless.
It was a sign of respect that Brendan Rodgers put out the strongest side he could at the bet365 but Stoke went toe-to-toe with a team that is one point off the top of the Premier League – for the best part of an hour at least.
Their task was made difficult thanks to a cracking long ranger from James Justin, the former Nathan Jones full-back at Luton who was linked heavily with Stoke a couple of years ago.
But it was only in the final 30 minutes, as Stoke’s legs started to tire and Michael O’Neill changed the shape to make the team more adventurous and vulnerable, that Leicester looked like they were too big for the playground.
Stoke City have been knocked out of the FA Cup after coming up against a strong Leicester side who have set their sights on competing for the trophy.
Michael O’Neill gave his verdict after full-time.
Stoke ran into a top side in Leicester?
Michael O’Neill: We did, particularly in the second half. The key was not to go behind in the game really. The first 20, 25 minutes we did quite well. We had a good chance which we didn’t take, then it was a good individual goal.
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Stoke City were knocked out of the FA Cup by a rampant Leicester side – but the transfer window is open and the focus is on the Championship. Here are the talking points as things stand.
A gulf between two teams
If Stoke have been benchmarking themselves against the teams relegated from the Premier League this season, the two cup games against Spurs and Leicester – who both fielded near full-strength sides – was a reminder just what the benchmark is against the best.