Stoke rue missed transfer targets

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Stoke assistant boss Dave Kemp was left disappointed with the Potters' business in the transfer window and admits areas of the squad are a cause for concern.

The club brought in two players on Thursday, highly-rated England goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham and USA international winger Brek Shea from FC Dallas. However, defenders Matthew Upson and Rory Delap left the club for Brighton and Barnsley respectively, leaving the Potters short in defence, especially on the left-hand side.

Kemp said: "We've brought in two excellent young players but they are both for the future. To be honest, the squad is unbalanced. We've been aware of that since the summer. We tried to correct it in the last window and didn't manage it, and the plan was to get through to this window and address it and unfortunately we haven't."

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Matthew Upson
Stoke City
Premier League
Rory Delap
Brighton & Hove Albion
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