Stoke City: TP ready to deal ... but won't say whether Kenwyne Jones is off
TONY Pulis is gearing up for some end-of-January transfer business as question marks continue to hover over the future of striker Kenwyne Jones.
Pulis said he was trying to bring players in, whether or not Jones leaves for Swansea, and admitted he was still looking at the loan market before the end of the month.
He refused to confirm news of Swansea's £3m bid for Jones, but looks set to include the big Trinidadian in tomorrow's line-up against the Swans anyway.
"If we sell Kenwyne, then I'll speak to you about it then," was all he would say.
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Swansea's interest has left Pulis in a dilemma over whether to cash in on a striker suddenly rediscovering his best form since replacing the injured Peter Crouch, or to persist with a player having just 18 months left on his contract.
But he did disclose: "We are trying to do one or two things. If we can do it, we will. If we can't, we will just get on with it.
"I'm looking to bring a few in if we can, but I don't think I will be doing any business until the back end of the window because that's when the best deals are to be done.
"At the moment the chairman and the family would like to get a few out before we can take anyone in, but if something came up, I would go and see them."
Andy Wilkinson will have a late fitness test after requiring injections for the back injury he sustained against Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
Jermaine Pennant is back at Stoke after being released by Wolves a few days before the end of his loan spell.
Pulis said Pennant, who had on and off-field problems last season, would be given a fair crack of the whip, but ruled him out of contention for tomorrow's game.
STOKE'S American midfielder Maurice Edu has joined Turkish club Bursaspor on loan until the end of the season.