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The players Stoke need to sell this month

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Could Pennant be heading out the exit door? (©GettyImages)
Could Pennant be heading out the exit door? (©GettyImages).

Stoke City have already been busy this winter bringing in Stephen Ireland on a permanent deal and John Guidetti on loan, whilst a deal for Juan Agudelo also seems immanent.

But now the Potters now need to sell some of their old faces in order to make room for the new ones and mark Mark Hughes' new era at the Britannia Stadium.

Jermaine Pennant - After the winger gave away a late penalty on New Year's day against Everton many Stoke fans have decided that the 31-year-old should be shown the exit.

Gone are the memories of the free kick Pennant scored to give Stoke the three points at West Ham in August, being replaced by ones of a player who finds a regular seat on the bench and spent the biggest part of last season at League One outfit Wolves.

The midfielder hasn't been the subject of any enquires so far and it doesn't look like anyone will put a bid in for him this window, but he could end up going back out on loan until the summer when Hughes should cash in and sell.

Kenwyne Jones - Since joining the Potters in the summer of 2010 the striker became a firm fan favourite, scoring the goals that helped Stoke not only to the FA Cup final but to qualification to the Europa League the following season as well.

But following "Pig Gate" at the end of last season, the comments he made about former manager Tony Pulis and his refusal to play in the Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday, many Stoke fans have began to see the type of person Kenwyne is and think that it is time for him to move on.

Everton have already come in with a bid for the 29-year-old but £1million for him when Stoke paid £8million less than four years ago does sound insulting on the surface.

However when you take into account the fact that he has made just four Premier League appearances this season and the fact that his contract runs out in the summer, Stoke could end up seeing him leave on a free. With this in mind you get the feeling Stoke could let him go to Everton and easily replace him this window.

Ryan Shotton

The Stoke-on-Trent born player has come through the ranks at Stoke and after helping to guide the Potters to the Premier League he then realised his dream when he became a top flight player with his home town club.

Since then he has been out on loan to four different clubs in five years and many believed he was only being played because his throw was a good replacement for Rory Delap after he departed. Shotton hasn't made an appearance for Stoke under Mark Hughes and wouldn't be missed if he was sold on.

Wilson Palacios

After signing from Tottenham back in 2011 Palacios has never been prolific at Stoke. He makes the bench on the odd occasion and usually plays most cup games but he is still yet to start a game in the Premier League under Hughes' reign and with the midfield Stoke have at the moment it is unlikely that will change

Selling him would help raise the funds needed but after not playing for Stoke for so long there are not many clubs that would take the gamble on him.

Jamie Ness - After signing a four-year contract with Stoke in July 2012 Ness has been pushed down to the reserve side and is still yet to make an appearance for the first team.

He is currently on loan at Leyton Orient picking up some valuable first team experience but it is unlikely he will feature for Hughes' team and should be sold to save him going out on more loan deals or playing more reserve games.

Maurice Edu

One of the three Americans to join Stoke in recent years, but the only one still yet to make an appearance even on the bench for the team. He is currently on loan at Turkish side Bursapor and doesn't look likely to play a game for Stoke if more players come in during this window.

Cameron Jerome

The striker won goal of the season last year for his 25-yard strike against Southampton, he was a player who could come off the bench and win Stoke a game under Pulis but Hughes sent him out on loan at Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day and, whilst he is ineligible to play against his parent club on Saturday, the striker seems to be enjoying his football at Selhurst Park.

With John Guidetti's signing Jerome is pushed further down the ranks and could opt to leave when he returns to the Potters in the summer.

Many other players have been linked with exit's including Peter Crouch and Marc Wilson who are wanted by former Stoke manager Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace. Charlie Adam has been the subject of attention from Galatasaray but all three players have been in good form for Stoke so far this season, with Crouch and Adam joint top scorers and Wilson the most improved player in the team after coming in to cover for the injured Robert Huth.

I feel we can not afford to sell any of these three if we have any hopes of securing that coveted top ten spot at the end of the season.

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Peter Crouch
Marc Wilson
Ryan Shotton
Charlie Adam
Kenwyne Jones
Stoke City
Jermaine Pennant
Cameron Jerome
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