Stoke City are plotting a raid on the Scottish Premiership this summer, as per a report by the Daily Record.
The Potters are hoping to sign talent from above the border from clubs such as Hibernian, Hearts and Aberdeen.
Their boss, Michael O’Neill, is eager to put his own stamp on the Championship side over the coming months as he gears up for his first full season at the Bet365 Stadium.
It is expected to a busy summer in terms of comings and goings with the Staffordshire side as they look to continue to cut costs from their Premier League days. Out of contract players such as Mame Biram Diouf and Adam Federici are likely to be allowed to move on to free up funds for signings.
O’Neill has identified the Scottish market as one to delve into, as per the Daily Record: “Players from Scotland going down to England see it as a massive opportunity. It’s a much bigger league and financially it’s far more rewarding. Typically, you’ll get a player with a good attitude who’s hungry to succeed.”
“The other thing about the Scottish league is that there’s a lot of young players. You can come up here and find 21 year-olds who’ve played a hundred games and that’s quite hard to find in English football, certainly in the Championship and Premier League level.”
He added: “Scottish clubs can be a first stop for a player who comes into British football, look at the likes of Virgil van Dijk coming into Celtic. So there’s players who maybe come into Hearts, Hibs or Aberdeen and it’s a case of keeping an eye on the situation.”