Kevin Cruickshank is on the verge of leaving Stoke City, Bild report on Monday afternoon.

The German newspaper say the Championship club’s Head Scout is set to take a role with FC Nürnberg. It’s explained the 43 year old will become the club’s Chief Scout for the international market, which presumably means concentrating on players outside Germany.

He’s been at Stoke for six years, but it’s claimed he could start his new job as soon as Monday. That’s when he’s scheduled to begin, with the detail showing just how sure Bild are of their claims.

Bild contacted Cruickshank on Monday but he refused to comment on the story, given he’s still under contract with Stoke City.

He would be assisted by Florian Meier, who is expected to move from Darmstadt 98. Meier was also contacted, and he too refused to give any comment about the story.

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FC Nürnberg are currently second to bottom in the Bundesliga. With three matches left they’re five points behind VfB Stuttgart, who are 16th.

Even if the club manage to catch Stuttgart, they’d then go into a relegation/promotion play-off against the team finishing third in Bundesliga 2.