Jonathan Pitroipa explains why Stoke City deal collapsed

Rennes' Silvio Romero is congratulated by teammate Jonathan Pitroipa after scoring the opening goal against Saint Etienne during their Ligue 1 match on December 4, 2013
Jonathan Pitroipa insists that his agent was not to blame for the collapse of his transfer to Stoke City.

Rennes winger Jonathan Pitroipa has explained why his proposed deadline-day transfer to Stoke City collapsed.

The Burkina Faso international denies reports that his agent was to blame for the move breaking down, insisting that "intermediaries" appointed by his club were at fault.

"Contrary to what has been said, it was not due to my agent that I didn't join Stoke, but due to intermediaries appointed by Rennes on that case," L'Equipe quotes him as saying.

Stoke also failed in their attempts to sign Thomas Ince and Lee Cattermole on deadline day, missing out on the former to Crystal Palace, while the latter remained at Sunderland.

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole in action during the FA Cup Third Round Replay between Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers at Stadium of Light on January 15, 2013
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