Stoke manager Tony Pulis was disappointed he was unable to lure Craig Bellamy to the Britannia Stadium but hopes to "shake the place up" with several more signings before the end of the transfer window.
Pulis has expressed his frustration at missing out on the Welshman, but Stoke have tied up deals for forwards Kenwyne Jones and Jon Walters in the last few days and the manager is aiming to have strengthened his squad further by the transfer deadline on August 31.
"I'm hoping next week we'll get another four players in if we can," Pulis said. "We are really, really desperately keen to change one or two things around and shake the place up."
He continued: "That is very important. We are looking all over for different players and I'm hoping next week one or two things will drop for us.
"We have worked very hard to put things in place and we were disappointed with the Bellamy situation - we worked hard to try and get Craig here, but it just didn't drop for us.
"We were very keen to take Craig but he has gone to Cardiff and I think (their manager) Dave (Jones) is very fortunate to get what is a top, top player.
"Cardiff is his home town and he has been living away from his family for quite a while now. I think he has thought 'how can I help them get into the Premier League?' and I'm sure they have a great chance now."
A potential deal for West Ham midfielder Radoslav Kovac has also fallen through but Pulis is delighted to have secured the services of Walters after agreeing an initial £2.75million fee with Ipswich.
"We made our first inquiries about him last year and just couldn't get anything done, so we are very, very pleased," Pulis said.
"He can play anywhere along the front of the team, up front or wide, and so he has that flexibility we need, especially when we have to name the 25 (man squad) and stay with those players."
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