Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has been planning some big surprises for the coming season, and confirmed that some major transfer talk continues to take place at the Britannia Stadium.
But the Potters boss said that it may be a bit of a wait before any deals are done, and urged his fans and his ambitious squad to be patient for the remainder of the transfer window.
So far Stoke have only acquired Jonathan Woodgate on a pay-per-game basis. The former England centre back debuted in Stoke's 1-0 win against Hajduk Split last week, but the Potters are still lacking strike power.
The issue was highlighted in the Europa League second leg in Croatia, and despite Thursday's 1-0 win, Pulis had to rely on young defender Ryan Shotton to score the only goal when playing out of position up-front after Jon Walter's picked up an ankle injury.
"We are talking to players who, if we were to sign them, then people would really open their eyes," Pulis promised.
"There are a few names that will surprise you if we get them because they haven't been mentioned yet and we are working hard to bring them in."
Stoke have been linked to established and experienced players such as Scott Parker and Robbie Keane. Earlier in the transfer window Pulis failed to land Carlton Cole, and high wages could be an issue for the club that has only been in the Barclays Premier League for three seasons.
"We're in the market for four or five players, but we've got until the end of the month and I'm prepared to wait. The closer you get to the deadline, there's better deals to be done. That's the way we've worked since we got into the Premier League.
"The important thing is to get the right ones. It's quality, not quantity. If there was a frailty at the end of last season, it was that we lost crucial players at crucial times and we perhaps didn't have the strength in depth to cope with that.
"We've worked so hard over the past five years to get where we are now, so we need to keep pushing forward and forward. I've always said that after three years the plan was to really push on and that is what we are now trying to do.
"Our players are also waiting for new lads to come in and give them a lift again, so that everybody knows we are still ambitious and want to push on."
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