Britannia Stadium

Next Game

Stoke v QPR

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Spotland Stadium

Last Game

Rochdale 1 - 4 Stoke

Monday, 26 January 2015, 20:00

The FA Cup Fourth Round

Stoke still looking to add

Stoke City are still working on 'one or two things' as Mark Hughes continues to reshape his squad at the Britannia Stadium.

Last Updated: 01/07/14 at 18:57 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Still working on possible incomings

Mark Hughes: Still working on possible incomings

Four fresh faces have been welcomed into the ranks this summer, with Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell, Phil Bardsley and Dionatan Teixeira acquired for a minimal outlay.

Stoke are also working on moving those out who no longer figure in their long-term plans.

Freeing up space would allow Hughes to dip back into the transfer market, and chief executive Tony Scholes says the groundwork is being done to ensure that the right moves are made.

He told the Sentinel: "We are still working on one or two things and, as I've said before, we look to do the right business, for the right players, for the right price.

"The sooner you can sign players in a summer the better, and we've been really pleased with the four deals we've managed to do so far.

"If we are able to do the one or two others we are looking at then that will be great, and maybe we will, maybe we won't."

Scholes added: "Mark, like most managers, likes to get his business done early, before the players are back for training on July 9.

"We often talk about players getting a good pre-season behind them, and if you can get the squad of players together for the full five-and-a-half weeks of pre-season it helps a lot.

"There's no such thing as a free deal. There's only one that we have paid an actual transfer fee for, the others are sizeable deals as well; we are talking about good players."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Premier League: Scott Sinclair excited for chance to impress at Aston Villa

Scott Sinclair hopes his loan move to Aston Villa will help kick-start his flagging Premier League career.

Andy Carroll accuses Brendan Rodgers of lying

Andy Carroll has accused Brendan Rodgers of lying to him when he was trying to force him out of Anfield.

Frank Lampard tells Soccer AM that Jose Mourinho would 'love' him back at Chelsea

Frank Lampard has revealed Jose Mourinho would "love" him to return to Chelsea once his playing career is over.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company