Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, a reported transfer target for Manchester United, and Tottenham winger Gareth Bale would be ideal acquisitions for Stoke City, according to the club's manager Tony Pulis.
Ronaldo could seemingly make a return to the Premier League in the summer transfer window, with a move back to Old Trafford touted as a possibility, while Bale has been linked with a switch to Real Madrid, but Pulis would love to have them both at the Britannia Stadium.
The Stoke boss, however, has moved to quickly extinguish any feint hopes the club's supporters may harbour that the Potters maintain genuine interest in Ronaldo and Bale, with Pulis reiterating that the Real Madrid and Spurs aces are well beyond what they can afford.
Stoke have long been derided for the style of play they have adopted under Pulis, with the club criticised for an overtly physical and direct approach, but the manager says his methodology is based more around speed and penetration.
Ronaldo and Bale then, says Pulis, have the attributes to slot into his Stoke City side and entertain the crowd, although he does not expect they will be leaving Madrid or Tottenham for the Potteries any time soon.
"If I had an open chequebook and someone said you can have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, people of that ilk, fine - they would suit my style brilliantly. But we're Stoke City and we work within a budget we can afford," Pulis said, according to Goal.com.
"A lot people have an opinion about my style and, yes, I do like to move the ball quickly. My preference is to play with width and have people down the sides with pace.
"I want us to get the ball out to players who can excite the crowd. I want to encourage wingers to run down the pitch and get crosses in and I like to see centre-forwards in the box putting those chances away.
"But it's about who you can afford to bring in. You don't just wake up one morning and say 'We're changing our entire style of playing today.
"It takes time for a club to evolve - three, four, maybe even five years in some cases. You can't just sign two players and say we're a different side now. It's like turning the QE2 - it has to be done gradually."
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