Stoke City to sign former Bristol City defender to make Tomas Kalas exit unlikely

Aden Flint’s proposed move to Stoke City may put a stop to a transfer merry-go-round at Bristol City

Stoke City are closing in on the signing of former Bristol City defender Aden Flint that will have an impact on any potential departure for Tomas Kalas.

Experienced centre-back Flint was on the lookout for a new club after being released by City’s Severnside rivals Cardiff City.

After three years in South Wales, the 32-year-old moved on for pastures new and will remain in the Championship where he will hope to come up against the Robins once again.

An update from Alan Nixon, a freelance journalist with experience at The Sun has said the Staffordshire club has won the race for Flint after ‘rushing through a deal’.

It is thought that Derby County were also interested in him but with their takeover not yet finalised, the Championship club have seemingly won the race.

Flint’s imminent arrival at the bet365 Stadium could spell an end to any departure from Ashton Gate Stadium for Kalas as they are filling the same position

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It was reported by the Mail on Sunday last week that the Potters had identified the Czech Republic international as a potential transfer target after the gap left by loan defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis.

The 29-year-old has one year remaining on his contract and as of yet, discussions have not been had over him extending his stay in the West Country.

In December however, Kalas stated his desire to remain at the club to the media: “I think everybody in Bristol knows that I like it here, I have built my home base.

“Previously I was everywhere and nowhere, so I have found home and enjoy playing for this club.

“I like it here, and I’m not thinking what may happen in a year and a half but at some point we’ll have to talk about it because it’s for my benefit but also the club’s.”

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A groin injury sustained after a three-year period of playing consecutive football for both club and country saw the defender miss the back end of last season.

Centre-back is also a position that City have been looking to strengthen in and have already recruited one player in that area by bringing in utility man Kal Naismith from Luton Town.

They have also been linked with moves for Curtis Davies from Derby County, as well as Fraser Horsfall from League Two play-off semi-finalists Northampton Town.