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Stoke City would make a massive statement of intent by beating Celtic to sign this £1.5m-rated star from the PL

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Stoke City Opinion – Potters join race for George Baldock – Good Move?

According to a report in Scottish Sun, Stoke City have joined Celtic in race to sign Sheffield United right-back George Baldock during this transfer window.

The player is rated around £1.5m, and the Hoops are interested in him after losing out to Bournemouth in the race to sign Jack Stacey. Stoke were also vying for a deal to sign the Luton defender. (h/t Scottish Sun)

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As per the report, the fact that Baldock could be available for a price that is within reach of both Celtic and Stoke, we could see them fighting it out for the fullback’s signature in the coming days. (h/t Scottish Sun)

Currently, the 26-year-old’s contract with Sheffield United expires in 12 months time. So, if the Blades are not able to extend his stay, then selling him during this transfer window would be a sensible solution.

Here’s why Stoke should beat Celtic in the signature of the Englishman:

Baldock could be Stoke’s first-choice right-back

George Baldock is a quality fullback who is comfortable playing as right-back or as a right wing-back. He can play on the other side or as a central midfielder, if required.

During the course of 18/19 season, the 26-year-old featured 27 times for Sheffield United, all of them as a right wing-back, scored a goal and assisted three.

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In terms of his attributes, Baldock is very strong when it comes one-on-one play in wide areas both as an attacker and as a defender, he is physically strong on/off the ball and generally puts very good crosses into the box.

If Stoke City manage to sign him ahead of Celtic, then they might get a player who could be their first-choice right-back for the upcoming season and beyond. This would certainly enhance the Potters’ possibility of making a push for promotion.

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Conclusion

All in all, we can conclude by saying that Stoke should beat Celtic in race to sign George Baldock during this transfer window.