Tony Pulis aims to make several signings


Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is hopeful of making a number of new signings before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

Pulis has recently been thwarted in bids to sign striker Craig Bellamy from Manchester City and West Ham midfielder Radoslav Kovac, but is still confident of sealing a number of further deals.

He said:"I'm hoping next week we'll get another four players in if we can.

"We are really, really desperately keen to change one or two things around and shake the place up.

"That is very important. We are looking all over for different players and I'm hoping next week one or two things will drop for us.

"We have worked very hard to put things in place and we were disappointed with the Bellamy situation – we worked hard to try and get Craig here, but it just didn't drop for us.

"We were very keen to take Craig, but he has gone to Cardiff and I think (manager) Dave Jones is very fortunate to get what is a top, top player.

"Cardiff is his home town and he has been living away from his family for quite a while now.

"I think he has thought 'how can I help them get into the Premier League?' and I'm sure they have a great chance now."

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