Jones: No tension at Stoke
Razvan Rat looks set to complete a free transfer move to West
Ham, according to the player’s agent.
The Romania international’s contract at Shakhtar Donetsk is
expiring and the left-back is believed to have been a target for
the Hammers since the January transfer window.
Agent Florin Manea claims that a deal could be concluded as soon
as Monday with Sam Allardyce a big fan of the 31-year-old
“I am with Razvan in England, we are negotiating with the West
Ham officials,” Marin told
Sport in Romania.
“We will probably sign the contract on Monday. The trainer has
put him on the top of the wishlist and the owner has approved the
West Ham have reportedly fought off interest from Marseille by
bettering the deal that the French club could offer the player.
Jones took to Twitter on Saturday night to clarify the
circumstances of an incident that has led to Stoke opening an
Jones revealed he had spoken to team-mates on Saturday,
including Whelan, after he found a pig’s head wrapped in his
clothes at the Premier League club’s Clayton Wood training ground
The 28-year-old reacted by smashing Whelan’s windscreen, but he
was tonight left to apologise and offer pay for the damage after
the Republic of Ireland international claimed he was not involved
in the prank.
Stoke are yet to make a statement as to whether any player will
be punished for the incident, which came ahead of their final game
at Southampton, with Jones claiming the culprit was still yet to
Jones suggested he and Whelan had now moved on from the matter,
denying also that the incident was racially motivated.
Addressing the issue on his Twitter page, Jones wrote: “First
off for all the people saying this had anything to with racism I’m
not endorsing that.
“Secondly i’ve apologised to glen Whelan for the destruction of
“For all the people that think that the pigs head wrapped in my
clothes was banter great so is the broken window.
“As far as tension in the squad there’s nun (sic) myself and
whelan had our thrash out and he said it wasnt him so I apologised
n im paying for it.
“As for the person who did it no one has come fwd n apologised
to me so I guess the joke was gd then.
“But as I said if you have the belly to take banter to that
level be willing to accept the reaction. Thats final no more
Stoke midfielder Brek Shea yesterday tweeted a picture of
himself with the pig’s head with the words “locker room banter gone
The incident came just days after retiring striker Michael Owen
had his car covered in eggs and flour by team-mates.
Jones was also involved on that occasion, tweeting a picture of
Owen’s car to his followers with the explanation that it was a
“leaving present” for the former England star.
“For all the ppl that think I did Micheal Owen’s car I didn’t,”
Jones wrote tonight.
“I just posted the pics of it , I was never involved in any of
the pranks in the dressing room.”
Stoke opened an investigation into the matter last night
although they were unavailable for comment when contacted by Press
Association Sport this evening.
“The club takes seriously reports of an incident at our training
ground this afternoon,” the club said in yesterday’s statement.
“A full internal investigation will be carried out and those
responsible for any unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with in
accordance with the club’s disciplinary procedures.”
Whelan and Shea are both doubtful for Sunday’s match at St
Mary’s due to groin and calf injuries respectively, although Jones
has been listed as fit to take his place.