Potters to increase budget

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has hinted that his club may be prepared to increase their wage budget to try and attract quality players to the Potteries this summer.

City have been linked with England international strikers Emile Heskey and Carlton Cole, with Coates accepting that finances may have to be stretched a little to help out manager Tony Pulis.

He told The Sentinel:"We don't have a wage ceiling as such. We will deal with things on their merits.

"Every club has a structure and that is normal, but we always look at each player on his merits and there are different ways of doing things.

"But it is not a case of us looking for big-name players. What we want are good players who are going to improve us.

"The deal has to be acceptable to us and we don't pay wages like Chelsea and Manchester United and Arsenal."

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