Stoke boss targets 'five players'

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As the transfer deadline approaches, Stoke boss Tony Pulis is hoping to indulge in some late activity in order to further reinforce his squad.

The Potters have already signed experienced defensive duo Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson this summer, both who have arrived at the Britannia Stadium on free transfers.

But Pulis says he has money to spend and, amid reports Stoke are hoping to sign Tottenham duo Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch, the Welshman has plenty of targets in mind.

"I am hoping to bring in three, four or maybe even five players if all goes according to plan, while a couple who have not played regular first team football of late may be leaving, but as ever, I won't say anything until the deals are done," he commented.

"What I can say is that Denise Coates, John Coates and Peter Coates have run this Football Club very diligently over the past five years, and they've made funds available.


"It has been absolutely magnificent the way they have backed me and this Football Club in that time and they are looking for us to bring players in who can take us to the next level.

"We're trying desperately hard to convince players to come to Stoke City Football Club and the money has been made available to get the deals done."

One player that could be moving to the Potteries in a somewhat surprising deal is Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

According to, the two clubs are in discussions over a potential season-long loan move for the 18-year-old Belgian striker.

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