Popov set for Potters loan move

Popov, 27, will finalise his switch to the Britannia Stadium on

Monday, before joining up with his national squad.

Popov caught the eye of Pulis during last season’s Europa League

match between the sides.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis told his club’s official website: “Goran

really impressed me last season.

“He’s an experienced player for his age and he has a great left

foot on him.

“Naturally gifted left-sided players are like gold-dust, so he

will give us strength in depth down that left hand side which can

only improve us.

“We had him watched when he played in the Europa League against

Feyenoord the other night and he did exceptionally well in that


“Goran wants to play in the Premier League and he was impressed

with us when we played the two games against them in the Europa


“It’s a season-long loan, so we have got a good opportunity to

see how he adjusts to English football before we make a commitment

to signing him.”

Popov, who has won 41 caps for Macedonia, joined Kiev in the

summer of 2010 on a five-year contract after spells in Russian,

Greek and Dutch football.