Stoke City transfer update on Angus Gunn loan deal
Angus Gunn will not be returning to Stoke City as Michael O’Neill gives way to Joe Bursik to challenge Adam Davies to be number one.
Stoke and Southampton reached a long-term loan deal for Gunn, 25, last October, which should have run until the end of next season.
But the accelerated development of 20-year-old Bursik, both on loan and trying his unexpected luck in the championship this winter, changed Stoke’s planning.
Southampton could have kept Stoke at his word, but Gunn returned to his parent club to seek treatment for a foot injury in April – and HampshireLive confirms that he has now been asked to show up for pre-season training on the South Coast rather than Staffordshire.
Ralph Hasenhuttl already has Fraser Forster and Alex McCarthy in his goaltending team, so Gunn is expected to leave in the summer.
Norwich City have previously been linked with the former England youth keeper, who rose through the ranks at Carrow Road – following in the footsteps of his father, club legend Bryan Gunn – before joining the Manchester City junior set up .
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Gunn made 15 appearances for Stoke, keeping seven clean sheets and made a few standout saves – including one at Watford which he classified as the best of his career … except for a ridiculous follow-up as he was later pushed. over the line and the goal is scored.
Davies, 28, has made 17 appearances on each side with a knee injury and has now been called up for a 28-man training camp in Wales in Portugal ahead of the European Championships.
He is joined by Joe Allen, whose progress in calf and hamstring injuries has been closely watched by Rob Page. Also on the squad are Rhys Norrington-Davies and Rabbi Matondo, who returned from loan spells at Stoke at Sheffield United and Schalke respectively.
Harry Souttar is part of an Australian squad of 31 players for the World Cup qualifiers next month. James McClean has also been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for upcoming friendlies, while young left-back Eddy Jones is part of the Wales Under-21 squad.