Potters may re-enter market
Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has revealed that the club may delve into the January transfer market. The Potters strengthened their squad during the summer window, shelling out some £18.5million on new recruits. Coates hopes Tony Pulis now has the tools at his disposal to oversee a competitive campaign, but accepts that further fresh faces may be required come the turn of the year. "We will obviously review the situation as we go along and we will see the best course of action when the time comes," he told The Sentinel. "The transfer market always remains an option when you are looking to improve like we are. "In saying that, however, we hopefully have a squad that is good enough for a good season. I certainly think we have done well in the summer transfer window." Improved City splashed out on Middlesbrough duo Robert Huth and Tuncay Sanli over the summer, as well as Sunderland pair Danny Collins and Dean Whitehead. "I am pleased with our acquisitions and I hope they are all going to make a major contribution to the season ahead," added Coates. "We have acquired a good mixture that should improve us once again. That has always been our aim." The pre-season arrivals have placed uncertainty over the future of a number of other stars, including Leon Cort, Carl Dickinson, Andrew Davies, Tom Soares, Michael Tonge and Richard Cresswell. However, Coates insists Pulis is under no pressure to sell and any decision to offload players will be made in the best interests of the club. He said: "I'm sure deals will only be done if they are for the benefit of the player, as well as the club."
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