Hughes: Long window ahead

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has admitted that it could take some time to increase his attacking options once the January transfer window opens.

Last Updated: 30/12/13 at 19:09 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Keen on a new striker but expecting a long transfer window

Mark Hughes: Keen on a new striker but expecting a long transfer window

Hughes is keen to bring in a new striker for the second half of the season and has been linked with moves for the likes of Hannover forward Mame Biram Diouf and Luuk de Jong of Borussia Monchengladbach.

However, he concedes that no deal is close to being finalised and has told fans that they may have to remain patient.

"It's well-documented that we are looking to add to our options in attack," said Hughes.

"We weren't able to do that in the summer, but we will try again in January.

"But there's no-one definitely in the pipeline at the moment and so it may be a long window for us."

Hughes is currently preparing his Stoke side for the visit of Everton to the Britannia Stadium on New Year's Day, when Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson will return from their one-match bans but Andy Wilkinson will be missing with a heel injury

He said: "We will welcome back the likes of Glenn and Marc Wilson, and that will help us and we will make a fist of it.

"We are enjoying playing at home where we are getting great support.

"Andy Wilkinson is out injured. He's got a problem with his heel, so he's not going to be available for certainly a couple of games. It just depends on the severity of it."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are eyeing a six-trophy campaign this season

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are targeting an even bigger trophy haul this season.

Friendly: Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 as Louis van Gaal era opens in style

Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young all scored twice as Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in Pasadena.

Premier League: Gylfi Sigurdsson delighted with move to Swansea from Tottenham

Gylfi Sigurdsson has told Sky Sports he is delighted to have joined former club Swansea from Tottenham.

Mail Box

Defending Woodward With Perspective

One Mailer is telling us to hold fire on our Woodward criticism, whilst we also have some wonderful PFA Team of The year geekery, a well done to Vieira and much more...

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property