Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v Stoke

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Britannia Stadium

Last Game

Stoke 3 - 0 Portsmouth

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

Hughes hoping to hit sales

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes hopes there is business to be done in the January transfer window and has played down speculation linking Asmir Begovic with a move elsewhere.

Last Updated: 02/12/13 at 08:58 Post Comment

Mark Hughes: Has targets in mind for the winter window

Mark Hughes: Has targets in mind for the winter window

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The Potters' need to strengthen in the New Year has been heightened by a run which has brought just one win in their last 10 Premier League outings.

An alarming slump has dropped Hughes' men to within three points of the relegation zone.

The busy festive period will offer ample opportunity to turn the tide heading into 2014, but Hughes admits he will be looking to add regardless of how his side fare over the coming weeks.

He said after Saturday's 4-0 defeat by Everton: "I think we have to invest and improve the first team.

"Those type of players might not be available in January.

"We have got targets in mind and we will see if we can bring them to the club. If we do that, it will help us.

"We will try to address the weaknesses and add to the strengths we have."

Meanwhile, Hughes is determined to ensure that first-choice goalkeeper Begovic sees out the winter window at the Britannia Stadium.

Reports have suggested that Manchester City have entered the race for the Bosnia international - in a deal which could see Joe Hart loaned in the opposite direction - but Stoke maintain that no formal offers have been received.

Hughes added: "We haven't heard anything on that.

"Asmir is an exceptional keeper, as he proved once again (at Goodison Park)."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Tottenham strike deal for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Montpellier for defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to the French club.

Transfer news: Chelsea confirm agreement with AC Milan for two-year Fernando Torres loan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will have a medical at AC Milan on Saturday ahead of an agreed two-year loan deal.

Europa League: Roberto Martinez happy Everton start and finish at home

Roberto Martinez is happy with the way the fixtures have worked out for Everton in their tough Europa League draw.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

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