It is being reported today from 'in the know' Stoke City supporters that their 19 year old striker Ryan Brunt, fresh from a 6 month loan with Leyton Orient, is set to join us on a permanent deal. There has been no official confirmation from either side as of 17.15pm this evening, but Radio Bristol are reporting that we are chasing him.
It would be a coup in the sense that League One side Orient wanted to keep him for at least the rest of the season on loan, however it is a bit of a gamble to pay a fee for a striker who hasn't scored many career goals so far. I don't think he'd be the only attacking signing we make as John Ward has made it abundantly clear that we need someone experienced and proven up there to score goals. Steven Gillespie of Fleetwood Town and Paul Benson of Swindon Town continue to be linked with us although nothing suggests we're close to signing either of them.
It will be interesting to see if anything is announced later today or at some stage tomorrow.