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Manchester City defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis ‘set for’ Stoke City loan

The centre-back has had limited game-time at Anderlecht since joining them in the summer.

Manchester City defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis is set to join Stoke City on loan for the remainder of the season, according to reports.

The centre-back, who has been playing under City legend Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht since the summer, is likely to have his spell in Belgium cut short in order to gain game-time with the Potters.

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According to John Percy of The Telegraph, the 19-year-old was to have a medical at Stoke on Monday, before joining the club in the next ‘24 hours’.

How has he fared in Belgium?

Harwood-Bellis was signed by Kompany as cover for the injured Hannes Delcroix, who is due to return from a knee injury soon.

Since his arrival at the 34-time Belgian top-flight winners, the centre-back has made 16 league appearances, assisting his team-mates twice.

However, his game-time has been limited for the club since November, with Kompany favouring Argentine loanee Lisandro Magallan since.

He is no stranger to the Championship, having spent the second-half of the last campaign with Blackburn Rovers, featuring 19 times.

Stoke are currently eighth in the table, five points off a play-off place. The addition of Harwood-Bellis will add competition for places at centre-back, with James Chester, Danny Batth, Ben Wilmot and Harry Souttar their recognised players in that position.

The last of those is currently unavailable due to an ACL injury he sustained on international duty with Australia in November and left-back Morgan Fox has filled in during his absences.

If a deal is confirmed in the coming days, Harwood-Bellis could be in contention for his Potters’ debut against Hull City on Saturday after their league clash with Barnsley on Wednesday was postponed due to Covid cases in the latter’s squad.

He will also join eight other City academy players on loan in the Championship and League One.