Friday, 18 January 2013

Maurice Edu Lands Loan Move to Bursaspor

Stoke have offloaded misfit Maurice Edu to Turkish club Bursaspor on loan.

Former Rangers defensive midfielder Edu has managed just one appearance since joining the Potters last summer.

So Tony Pulis has allowed Edu to join the Turks on loan until the end of the season.

He said: "Maurice Edu has come here and just not got any games.

"It's disappointing for him not to be playing as he needs to maintain his chances of playing for the US.

"It's a decent club."

Edu follows Michael Tonge and Danny Higginbotham out of the Britannia Stadium, but Pulis says he is playing a waiting game before beefing up his squad in the transfer window.

Ahead of his return to his native South Wales where the Potters face Swansea on Saturday, Pulis refused to comment on reports linking striker Kenwyne Jones with a move to the hosts.

He added: "We're trying to do one or two things, but if we can't we can't.

"I'm planning to bring in a few if I can, but I might well not be doing business until the end of the transfer window.

"We are looking for players to add to the squad as we need a little spark and lift.

"The chairman Peter Coates and his family have been fantastic in giving us money to spend."

After losing their impetus in the Premier League following heavy defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, Stoke returned to winning ways with an emphatic 4-1 FA Cup replay win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

Jon Walters turned from sinner to saint, banishing the memory of two own goals against Chelsea by striking twice from the wing rather than ploughing through the middle.

And Pulis says the frontman, who has played a record 73 consecutive Premier League games for the Potters, is just as lethal out wide.

He added: "If you look at the stats Jon is in the top group in the Premiership and we get that whether we play him out wide or up front.

"I think he played a lot of games for Ipswich out wide, he 's comfortable playing right or left. He got both his goals against Crystal Palace on Tuesday from wide positions and they were both outstanding.

"He has been a great signing for this football club. He's an inspiration to players at this level that they can make it to the top.

"He got released as a young player and ended up at Chester at one stage. But he's climbed back up and now he's made 73 consecutive games in the Premier League.

"He's been a dream and his attitude and application is first class."

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