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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has admitted he is unlikely to make any more signing before Friday’s transfer deadline.
The Potters have already managed to strengthen their attacking line-up in January, having acquired John Guidetti on loan from Manchester City and Peter Odemwingie from Cardiff City in a deal that saw Kenwyne Jones go in the opposite direction.
Tom Ince was another play on Stoke’s radar, with the youngster holding talks with a number of English clubs, however it looks as if the forward will be moving to Crystal Palace on a temporary deal.
Stoke have been on a dreadful run of form which has seen them drop to 16thin the Premier League, just three points clear of West Ham who sit in 18thThe relegation-threatened side have suffered losses against fellow stragglers Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the last three games, highlighting the need for further improvement in the squad, however Hughes is not confident of bringing in any new faces.
“As it stands I don’t think the chance of us bringing any more people in is very high,” he said.
“If we don’t get anybody else in then so be it because the group has shown that they are an excellent group with determination and skill and if we go with this group from now until the end of the season then so be it, because I haven’t got a problem with that.”
Stoke face a massive home fixture against Manchester United on Saturday and are massive outsiders at 6.47 to claim what many would see as an unlikely victory.