Hughes remains hopeful of adding

Stoke boss Mark Hughes says he is still looking to bring in some new faces before the transfer window closes next week.

Stoke: Hughes remains hopeful of addingStoke: Hughes remains hopeful of adding

Hughes has managed to add midfielder Joe Allen and Egyptian winger Ramadan but concedes he has found it hard to land his targets this summer.

The Potters are keen to sign a defender and are believed to have missed out on Manchester United’s Phil Jones while Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho has also been mooted as a target.

A striker or forward is also among the manager’s priorities following an unsuccessful pursuit of Saido Berahino although with the frontman still at West Brom that deal remains a possibility.

“It’s been a difficult window to be perfectly honest, and there have been deals that haven’t been in the public domain that we have had to walk away from,” he told reporters.

“We have brought Joe Allen in and Ramadan and, whilst we are delighted to have got them over the line, there are still one or two others areas we would like to address if we possibly can.

“People may think that we aren’t too active at the moment, but let me assure them, we are all working incredibly hard to try and make a couple of things happen.

“There is still time, and people’s attitude sometimes changes towards the end of the window, so we will see what happens.

“On occasions you have to let certain things run their course and give them time that they deserve – so maybe some of the deals we have been working on for a while may yet come to fruition.”

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