Stoke City poised for early player swoop, says Coates
STOKE chairman Peter Coates says City could make an early move in the transfer market this summer.
The Premier League Potters have traditionally left it late to do their deals – and never more so than last year when they made the £20m triple signing of Peter Crouch, Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome on August 31, hours before the transfer window slammed shut.
However, Coates, below, says the club doesn't have a strategy of leaving deals until the end of the window.
He explained: "Football is uncertain and deals can be uncertain, so you just don't know when things will happen.
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"Just because the deals happened later last year, doesn't mean it will be the same this time.
"It is not a plan to leave it late into the transfer window. We will just see what develops."
A winger is expected to be high on Stoke's list of priorities this summer.
Wolves wide-man Matt Jarvis is understood to be among City's targets after scoring eight goals and providing five assists in his 37 league games last season.
However, Wolves would have to lower their £10m valuation of the 25-year-old for Stoke to do business.
The Molineux club say they are financially stable so under no pressure to sell, particularly as Jarvis is under contract for another three years.
Jarvis, who won an England cap in March 2011, is right footed, but plays predominantly on the left for Wolves.
City looked badly in need of competition on the flanks last season as Jermaine Pennant's absence from the team put added pressure on Matthew Etherington to deliver.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has made a habit of doing business with relegated teams, having signed Dave Kitson and Ibrahima Sonko from Reading, Tuncay and Robert Huth from Middlesbrough, Cameron Jerome from Birmingham and Marc Wilson from Portsmouth.
He also picked up former England international Matthew Upson on a free transfer last summer after the defender was relegated with West Ham.
Stoke are not thought to have made an inquiry at this stage for Manchester City left winger Adam Johnson.
Sunderland are being linked with the 24-year-old, who was left out of the England squad for the European Championships after failing to hold down a regular place in Manchester City's title-winning team.
Johnson is reportedly earning £50,000-a-week at the Etihad Stadium, but Sunderland are understood to be hoping to arrange a loan deal for a player who cost Manchester City £7m when he joined them from Middlesbrough two years ago.
LATEST figures from football finance experts Deloitte reveal Stoke City made an operating profit of £8.5m for the 2010/11 campaign.
The figures also show Stoke's revenue was £66.8m for the season, up 13 per cent on the previous campaign and the second highest in the Midlands behind only Aston Villa.
The Potters were one of 11 Premier League clubs to record an operating profit. Midlands rivals West Brom and Wolves reported operating profits of £11.8m and £9.9m respectively.
Premier League clubs' combined revenue reached a record £2,271m in 2010/11 according to Deloitte. The firm say this was mainly because of an increase in income from overseas television rights.
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