Stoke City: Tony Pulis eyes up late transfer deals
TONY Pulis says he is trying to pull off two or three deals to strengthen Stoke City before Thursday’s deadline.
He hopes the possibility of a fresh face or two will shake up his players ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash against Wigan Athletic at the Britannia (7.45pm).
Stoke go into this evening’s game on the back of three successive Premier League defeats against a Wigan side winning just one of their last 10 in the league.
Stoke’s record has merely intensified the manager’s search for fresh talent to give his team a spring clean.
Ruark HiFi - for lovers of good music and fantastic sound
Headphone offer is our own offer as test for these vouchers - so don't delay offer expires 25/05/13
Only with this voucher, choose a set of headphones up to 10% of the units price or add some to it if you want a dearer set
ie Unit for £300 would give you £30 towards headphones of your choice
Contact: 01782 342609
Valid until: Saturday, May 25 2013
He is not detailing which areas he is looking at, but much of his attention is likely to be focussed on full-backs and wide attacking areas.
The chances of Kenwyne Jones joining Swansea appear to have receded, meanwhile, following comments from Swans boss Michael Laudrup.
Swansea failed with a £3m bid earlier this month, but now Laudrup is saying the club will only make loan signings in this window.
There remains the possibility of a straight swap between Jones and Swansea striker Danny Graham, but that is being thwarted by the latter’s desire to join Sunderland.
“People keep going on about Kenwyne,” said Pulis, “but until someone comes in with an acceptable offer, which hasn’t happened as yet, it’s all just speculation.
“It will hopefully be a busy couple of days in the transfer market,” he continued.
“There are weaknesses. We tried to address those last summer and for whatever reason we came up short in one or two positions.
“We recognise we have to improve and a team always benefits from a freshening up.
“We didn’t do anything in the last January window, but fingers crossed we can get something done this time.”
Stoke’s exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday could threaten to leave the rest of their season going flat as they need just 11 points from their last 15 games to reach their historic safety target of 40 points.
But Pulis is adamant there is no place for complacency as Stoke aim to secure themselves a sixth successive Premier League campaign in 2013/14.
“You take nothing for granted in this league,” he stressed. “We want to get to 40 points as soon as possible and then see where we can get to from there.
“Anyone falling into the trap of thinking the hard work is already done is fooling themselves and putting this club’s status at risk.”
Glenn Whelan is free to play against Wigan after the Football Association decided against any retrospective action for his challenge on Javi Garcia on Saturday.
Pulis will make at least two changes this evening as Asmir Begovic returns in goal for Thomas Sorensen and Geoff Cameron is re-instated at full-back after being rested for the 1-0 FA Cup loss.
Charlie Adam is also back in contention to start after being an unused substitute at the weekend.