POPOV READY TO POP IN

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUGUST 23 - By IAN BAKER

GO­RAN POPOV’S move to Stoke looks to be back on – af­ter the Pot­ters dis­cov­ered he has a Bul­gar­ian pass­port.

Tony Pulis will find out to­day if the Mace­do­nian left-back, 27, will be granted a work per­mit.

Popov had feared he would be de­nied the right to play in Eng­land as Mace­do­nia are ranked out­side the top 70 coun­tries rank­ings.

But Bul­garia are in the EU and peo­ple can move freely be­tween mem­ber coun­tries.

That should be enough for Popov to com­plete a sea­son­long loan from Dy­namo Kiev.

Pulis also fan­cies Ju­ven­tus full-back Reto Ziegler.

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