The Potters have already signed three players this summer in the form of Joe Allen, Ramadan Sobhi and Ryan Sweeney – arriving from Liverpool, Al Alhy and AFC Wimbledon respectively.
But the latter duo, both aged 19, appear unlikely to be offered significant roles in the first-team squad next season.
Stoke City reportedly tabled a £17million transfer bid for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino earlier this summer and have also been linked with former Manchester United star Robin van Persie.
But Stoke manager Mark Hughes has revealed that he’s more focused on making defensive additions before the summer transfer window slams shut.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s fair to say in defensive areas we probably need one more but we’ll wait and see if the right player becomes available.”
And the Welshman further stated that the Bet365 Stadium outfit could have to wait until deadline day to seal deals for their top transfer targets.
He said: “We’ve got any number of targets we think we’ve got an opportunity to get over the line. It could be that it goes into the last throes of the window.
“It’s not something I like doing, but sometimes the clubs who have the players you’d like to sign change their view and become more receptive nearer the deadline.
“It’s not ideal, we’ve started the season already but we haven’t been able to get some of the targets we’ve chased in the building. At the end of the day it’s down to the player and the club he’s at. It’s out of our hands.”