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Hughes wants new recruits

Stoke manager Mark Hughes claims he has been gazumped on several occasions as he looks to bring in new players to boost his squad.

Last Updated: 19/01/14 at 23:41 Post Comment

Stoke manager Mark Hughes seeks new recruits.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes seeks new recruits.

Everton striker Nikica Jelavic was linked with Stoke but the Croatian striker opted to join Steve Bruce at Hull.

Hughes admits he has missed out on other options too but is hoping for better luck in the second half of the January transfer window.

"We felt we were close on a number of occasions prior to the window opening and we thought we would get our business done very quickly," he said.

"You get close then all of a sudden you wake up one morning and you find the deal you think is on the table has gone somewhere else.

"So that's happened to us on a number of occasions."

Stoke signed Stephen Ireland on a permanent deal and that allowed Manchester City's John Guidetti to join the club on a loan deal.

Hughes expects the Sweden forward to grow in confidence in the coming weeks, but does not want the additions to end there.

"We're still in the mix for a number of players," he said.

"Given we haven't been able to get too many over the line we've done a good bit of business in terms of Stephen signing permanently, and that's allowed John to come in and we're pleased with that.

"But we still need a little more in that final third, to give us a bit of impetus and a bit of pace to really force teams."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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