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How will Stoke act during the Transfer window?

How will Stoke act during the Transfer window?

Let`s take a look at how the 'experts` believe Stoke could/should act during the transfer window.

BBC Sport`s Mark Lawrenson:

What they need in a nutshell: A new pair of full-backs and to keep their goalkeeper.

Window shopping: Blackburn's left-back Martin Olsson would be the perfect fit, because he can play anywhere down that flank, and somebody similar on the right too.

That apart, I think they are all right. Stoke boss Tony Pulis will probably be aware that a lot of bigger clubs are looking at goalkeeper Asmir Begovic but I cannot see them selling him in January unless they get a huge offer.


Linked with: Luke Murphy 23, AM (Crewe Alexandra) Faouzi Ghoulam, 23 LB (St Etienne) Martin Olsson 24, LB (Blackburn)



The Sun Newspaper:

TARGETS: Danny Simpson (Newcastle), Chung-Yong Lee (Bolton), Marko Marin (Chelsea), Atiba Hutchinson (PSV), Martin Olsson (Blackburn)

BUDGET: £2-£3million


CHANCES: Low. Tony Pulis needs to move players out if he wants to raise transfer funds.



The Mirror`s Darren Lewis:

A striker and a midfielder.

Possible: Luke Murphy (Crewe), Mauro Zarate (Lazio).


The Guardian`s Jamie Jackson:

Money to spend: Minimal especially as Tony Pulis, the manager, has a sizeable squad and has been told by his owner, Peter Coates, to temper any outlay and focus on offering greater opportunity for home-grown players to develop.


What's needed: Stoke sit an impressive eighth with 29 points at just over the halfway point so the current squad is doing fine. Pulis, though, would not turn down a consistent goalscorer as Stoke have scored only 21 goals. The left-back position requires strengthening.


Who they're after: It may be more of a case of who they can keep as discussions continue with Stoke's captain, Ryan Shawcross, about him finally signing a fresh long-term deal. A contribution from Michael Owen (four substitute appearances, zero goals) would also be welcomed.



The Telegraph`s Simon Jones:


Transfer budget: £8m


Targets: Defender — Dawson (Tottenham); Left back — Olsson (Blackburn), Ghoulam (St Etienne).


To go: Jerome, Jones, Pennant, Palacios.



The Telegraph`s club-by-club guide:


What they need: Tony Pulis is still determined to acquire a couple of full-backs, most possibly on loan, even though defender Marc Wilson is expected to return at the end of January.


What they will get: Stoke are scouring Europe to improve their scouting system but the long-term view is to make signings in the summer. Expect little activity in, though fringe players may depart.


Pulis`s track record: Pulis is renowned for his nocturnal approach to the transfer window and has pulled many rabbits out of the hat in the past. Making another marquee signing will depend on raising cash through sales.


Estimated budget: £3million


Who they bought last January: Nobody.



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Writer:Lloyd Reddin
Date:Friday January 4 2013
Time: 11:41AM

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