Potters chief confirms more deals in pipeline

Chief executive Tony Scholes says Stoke are still hoping to sign more players this summer while he’s also anticipating departures.

Stoke: Potters chief confirms more deals in pipelineStoke: Potters chief confirms more deals in pipeline

The Potters have signed just two new men in the current transfer window, Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool and Egyptian winger Ramadan Sobhi from Al Alhy, and Scholes says the club have other targets to improve Mark Hughes’ options further.

West Brom striker Saido Berahino is on Hughes’ wishlist but a deal to sign him has been held up although City were boosted further this week by the news key man Marko Arnautovic had signed a new four-year-deal.

Scholes is actively working on other potential transfers and he’s hopeful there will be more business done soon.

“We’re not finished yet,” he said on the club’s website. “There are one or two things that we would still like to do if the opportunity is there.

“If it’s there – and when it’s there – none of us can say but we’re working very hard to do a bit more.”

He added: “You can be 90 per cent of the way through a deal and you don’t know when you are going to be able to finish the last 10 per cent.”

So far, Steve Sidwell and Peter Odemwingie have been released by the Potters this summer but there are likely to be more exits over the next month at the Bet365 Stadium.

“You do always have to balance the squad and often that’s done by natural movement,” Scholes said.

“When you bring players in, players who are already in the squad might be looking at that situation and think ‘where do I fit in going forward?’

“We’ll see over the next week to ten days what happens there.”

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