Stoke City have been linked with a fourth forward in four days as they try to find a mid-season replacement for injured talisman Tyrese Campbell.
Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo, aged 20, is the latest to be put in the frame, with the Daily Mail claiming that talks are ongoing about a loan deal.
Matondo was formerly on the books at Manchester City, where Michael O’Neill’s left-hand man Andy Cousins was a trusted scout and figure behind the scenes in the Academy before joining Stoke back in late 2019.
The forward moved to Germany two years ago for a fee that could eventually be worth up to £11m. By that point, he had already won his first cap for Wales – replacing Sam Vokes on his international debut against Albania.
He has made three appearances in the Bundesliga this season and was linked with Crystal Palace a few days ago.
Last year he was reportedly considered as a target for Manchester United and he has previously been mentioned with Real Madrid.
O’Neill has already been linked with Duncan Watmore, whose short-term deal at Middlesbrough runs out this month, Bright Osayi-Samuel, whose contract runs up at QPR in the summer, and Spurs youngster Jack Clarke.
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Ryan Giggs has said: “I was slightly surprised when he went [to Schalke], but he is a talent. If he is half as successful as (Jadon) Sancho has been so far I’ll be happy.
“He was really good with us in Albania [Wales’s last game in November]. I thought he did really well when he came on.
“Just like Dan James he has electrifying pace. And that always keeps you interested.
“Obviously after that you have to develop. If a full-back works you out you have to have that Plan B. But both are talented players who could hurt teams.”
Stoke take on Bournemouth tonight in the Championship (7.45pm).