Stoke boss rues missed chances on deadline day

Mark Hughes

New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is regretting missing out on a number of transfer targets on deadline day last week, as reported by Sky Sports.

The former Fulham and Manchester City manager did add Stephen Ireland and Marko Arnautovic to his squad last Monday but failed in bids for numerous other attacking options.

Hughes is trying to turn around the perception of City and is slowly doing that with impressive victories over Crystal Palace and West Ham.

The Stoke boss failed in bids to sign both Benfica striker Nelson Oliviera and Hannover front man Mame Biram Diouf in the final few hours of deadline day but Hughes admits he is happy with his approving squad.

“It’s fair to say I’ve pursued a number of targets and you won’t always get the ones you want, but we did get the majority of them,” he told The Sentinel.

“Few clubs can say, hand on heart, that they got everybody they wanted.

“It’s on record that we pursued a number that fell through, but when you look back at what we have got and the balance of the squad, I am delighted. Overall, it has been a good window.

“It’s important if you go into the market that you come out with a stronger squad, and I think we have.”

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