Potters deny poaching claims
The teenage pair worked with Stoke's academy director Steve Holland at Gresty Road but he has dismissed any suggestions of foul play. Holland told the Sentinel: "I want to clarify that Ben and Matthew turned down contracts at Crewe. "I received a phone call from both players asking if Stoke would be interested in signing them. Then I had a conversation with Dario Gradi at Crewe to inform him of the situation. "It's possibly a situation that will now develop when the players return from their holidays, but it's not a foregone conclusion or a done deal." Stoke will have to pay compensation for the duo if they sign.
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