Stoke City: Tony Pulis battling with Sunderland for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson
TONY Pulis has admitted for the first time that he would love to bring Michael Dawson to Stoke City – and he is also refusing to give up on his Tottenham team-mate Tom Huddlestone either.
But the Stoke boss acknowledged that any major expenditure between now and the end of the transfer window on Friday would be hampered by this summer’s investment in the club’s Academy.
Dawson was all set to leave Spurs for QPR in a £7.5m deal last week before it hit a last-minute hitch over wages.
That leaves the door ajar for others interested in the 28-year-old one-time England centre-half, including Sunderland as well as Stoke, and Pulis revealed: “I would love to take Dawson, but whether we can afford him is another matter.
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“People like Dawson and Huddlestone would improve us. But whether you are Arsenal or Stoke City, you have a level on what you can and cannot spend.
“We have to work within a framework at this football club and if we have to bite the bullet, then we have to bite the bullet.”
Pulis insisted he wasn’t criticising the club’s decision to invest £6m in the Academy, but said such expenditure had to impact on first-team spending.
“There’s only one pot of money and that’s what we have to work to,” he reasoned. “If I have to cut my cloth accordingly, I will have to do that.”
Speaking of the Academy, he said: “I have never seen an organisation so big in my life.
He continued: “The chairman hopes it will be a system that brings through local boys to the club.”
Huddlestone returned to Tottenham last week after a proposed season-long loan fell down over concerns about an ankle problem that kept him sidelined for all but a week of last season, but Pulis is hoping the two clubs can re-negotiate the deal in time for the 25-year-old midfielder to become a Stoke player by the weekend.
Pulis also revealed he was optimistic that negotiations to bring Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu to the Britannia Stadium would be completed today.
Meanwhile, the Stoke boss lamented the absence of an injured Matthew Etherington as his team struggled to make any attacking headway against Arsenal in yesterday’s 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium.
“I’m really pleased with the point, but I thought we were disappointing going forward.
“We can do better than that, but we looked unbalanced without Matty on the left-hand side.
“But the attitude and commitment of the players was first-class. We must never ever become blasé about taking a point off one of the top teams in Europe.”
Pulis was delighted with Geoff Cameron’s debut and said the American international was proof of the high standard of football in the United States.
Asked about Jermaine Pennant’s shouts for a first-half penalty, he added: “I haven’t seen it. That’s a terrible thing to say. I should have seen it and I should be moaning about it.”