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Stoke defender Robert Huth in talks over Leicester loan

| 30.01.2015

Stoke City, even-money with Coral for a top 10 finish this term, have allowed giant German centre back Robert Huth to hold talks with Midlands rivals Leicester City about joining them on loan.

Former Chelsea, Germany and Middlesbrough defender Huth, 30, has recently returned to the Potters squad after long-term injury, and needs regular football to build up his match fitness.

With Nigel Pearson’s Foxes propping up the Premier League table three points from safety, Huth could be about to swap reasonable mid-table comfort for the relegation dogfight.

Leicester are 11/4 joint-favourites to finish bottom, but this does not appear to have discouraged Huth. Should the East Midlands outfit land him, he will add to an experienced cadre of defenders, which includes Paul Konchesky, Wes Morgan and Poland international Marcin Wasilewski.

Pearson is also hopeful over finally having summer signing Matt Upson fit to be involved in Foxes first-team affairs following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“Matt Upson is more or less available, which is very positive for us,” said Pearson. “He has a lot of experience. He came through another game on Monday and played 90 minutes.

“I suppose you could say some players might need more games but a player of his experience and game understanding I think he will get more through playing and being involved in the first team. It is about managing him to get the best out of him now. That is very positive to have him back.”

Pairing veteran Upson with Huth once again, after the two were teammates at Stoke between 2001 and 2013, would give the heart of Leicester’s defence over 500 games of Premier League experience. Their positioning nous and existing relationship would compensate for a lack of pace at centre half, though it is much the same story with the Morgan and Wasilewski partnership.

The Foxes are odds-on at 8/11 to go down this term, but will hope they can strike a deal with Huth and he can help haul them out of the mire.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.