Stoke manager Tony Pulis has confessed that he must sell first-team players before making additions to his squad during the January transfer window.

The Potters have enjoyed a solid start to the Premier League season, securing 29 points, leaving them ninth.

Pulis admitted that his side were showing signs of tiredness during their 3-0 loss to Manchester City, an issue that he would like to address in the coming weeks:

“We have to bring money in to do it,” he told Sky Sports when asked about potential arrivals at the club.

“If we can wheel and deal and get a few out then hopefully we’ll be able to bring a couple in and give us some fresh impetus

“We are in that position where one or two may have to leave first. Last year we didn’t freshen and we fell away but we have to try and wheel and deal to generate some money.”

The Welshman also revealed himself to be envious of City’s financial muscle after the game:

“What was the difference – it was about about £220million.

“If we haven’t got our A-game on – and I thought we were a little bit away from that – and they are at their best then it’s always going to be difficult.

“But also you have to keep shaking the cage to get people to understand it. There is a massive difference in lots of respects from this club to ours and sometimes it isn’t going to go for us.”