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Where are all these 'new players'?

Where are all these 'new players'?

Stoke fans are getting increasingly impatient as the summer rolls on and no new faces have yet arrived at the Brit.

Rumours continue to rumble around but, as of now, the Potters have nothing to show for all their behind the scenes work.

It's perfectly natural and correct that the club will want to keep their cards close to their chest and it's also expected that players' agents will be building up their clients' credibility by linking them to as many clubs as possible, but the whole process is infuriating for fans who don't have the benefit of the knowledge of what's really happening and have to rely (like we do as well) on the rumour mill.

We do know that Tony Pulis arrived back from his summer holidays in the Bahamas last week and announced that he was ready to start doing business. He confirmed that they had their list of targets complete, all they had now to do was reel them in. He accepted that he was disappointed in the lack of signings, but pointed out that we'd not missed out on any potential targets either.

But the only two new players that seem to be generally accepted to be active targets for Stoke are Rudolph Austin and Marton Fulop.

Austin is not exactly new news as the Potters tried to sign him from the Jamaican club, Portland United last summer, but were thwarted by the UK Government's refusal to grant him a work permit. This time around the defender has gained the necessary international caps and the clubs are said to have agreed a £1m fee, but he still may be denied an automatic work permit as Jamaica have since dropped out of FIFA's list of the top 70 countries, which is used as one factor in determining who can ply their trade in the UK.

On the keeper front, the Black Cat's boss, Roy Keane, would like to keep Fulop on Wearside, but now seems resigned to him leaving for the chance of first team football, but will be making sure that he gets full value for the Hungarian international. Stoke's original bid of £1.7m was quickly rejected and the Potters appear to have put in another bid of £2m.

With the first team squad officially due back for pre-season training in just a week's time, we're all hoping that Pulis will be unveiling some new names before then.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Wednesday July 2 2008
Time: 10:36PM


Plenty of time fellas, as far as I'm aware the transfer window only officially opened on July 1st anyway.....
03/07/2008 08:50:00
That may well be the case Tantona, but other clubs have been signing players before the 1st. How can they do this?
03/07/2008 19:52:00
jus sign aaron mokoena lol
04/07/2008 15:58:00
Yep, players don't officially come out of contract until July 1st, but the transfer window opened at the end of last season, so there is no problem signing players up before July 1st.
04/07/2008 17:23:00
nope the window only official opens on 1st july
05/07/2008 10:30:00
Contracts run out on 1st July, the transfer window opens at the end of the season
Red Wimp
05/07/2008 13:42:00
Fans of all Clubs are getting frustrated because despite all the money about nothing is happening YET!
05/07/2008 18:35:00
Kendog: Can we just put an end to the discussion as to when the transfer window opens. The PL rules say: The first Transfer Window in any year shall commence at midnight on the last day of the Season and shall end on 31st August next if a Working Day or, if not, on the first Working Day thereafter, at a time to be determined by the Board
05/07/2008 18:52:00
one player you wont be getting is jon walters
06/07/2008 22:43:00
I would be getting worried. You don't want to do a Derby County!!!!
07/07/2008 21:24:00
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