Overseas challenge appeals to Stoke City midfielder

Charlie Adam admits he would relish the challenge of playing abroad, as speculation grows over his future at Stoke City.

The Scotland international joined the Britannia Stadium club in a £4million deal in the summer of 2012, after failing to make an impression during a campaign with Liverpool. He has gone on to make 70 appearances for the Potters in the Premier League, but this season he has so far made just five starts with another seven outings coming from the substitute bench.

This has led to reports of interest from Turkish giants Galatasaray, who are thought to be lining up an offer in the New Year. Perhaps more significantly Adam has been linked with a move to Real Sociedad, who are now coached by his compatriot and former Manchester United boss David Moyes, but whilst a move abroad appeals, the 29-year-old is taking the speculation with a pinch of salt.

“There’s better weather than here,” he told the Stoke Sentinel. “I would love the experience of playing abroad because it’s certainly something different. Hopefully, more British players will go and do it. It (the speculation over his future) is going to happen when you have good players not playing. But there’s nothing happening at the moment and I am happy to be here at Stoke.”

It is widely believed Real’s assistant manager Billy McKinlay was in attendance to watch Adam during Stoke’s 2-1 home defeat to Burnley last month, a match in which he only entered the field of play on 78 minutes. It is also worth noting that the former Rangers and Blackpool midfielder is currently represented by none other than Kenny Moyes, the brother of the Sociedad coach.

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