Stoke manager Tony Pulis has warned Jermaine Pennant the club will not break the bank to keep him at the Britannia Stadium.
Pennant is naturally eager to make his loan move from Real Zaragoza permanent when the deal expires next month, although it is claimed the Spanish club are seeking £6million despite signing the winger for free.
"We'll try and do a deal with Jermaine if we can, but we won't go over the odds for him," said Pulis. "It's very important people recognise this club is run on a very solid base in respect of the finances."
He added: "The chairman wants to keep it that way, and I have no problems with that whatsoever.
"If we can afford Jermaine and we can get the deal done, then that is what we will do. If we can't then we'll have to move on.
"But it's very important we keep the wage structure in place, the chairman is very keen to do that.
"It's a tough world out there at the moment. We live in a bubble and don't appreciate and respect exactly what is going on.
"But the chairman lives in the real world and is trying to work with a system at this club were we do push on, but in a way where we don't put ourselves in financial problems."
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