Stoke manager Hughes frustrated by lack of January signings

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has admitted that he has been thwarted on several occasions in his attempts to sign players during the January transfer window, Sky Sports is reporting.

The Potters have secured two deals so far this month, with John Guidetti being brought in on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season, and Stephen Ireland’s temporary move from Aston Villa being made permanent.

Reports suggested that Stoke were in the running to sign Everton striker Nikica Jelavic, but lost out to Hull City, and Hughes says that he has been frustrated a number of times already during the transfer window.

He explained: “We felt we were close on a number of occasions prior to the window opening and we thought we would get our business done very quickly. You get close then all of a sudden you wake up one morning and you find the deal you think is on the table has gone somewhere else. So that’s happened to us on a number of occasions.”

“We’re still in the mix for a number of players. Given we haven’t been able to get too many over the line we’ve done a good bit of business in terms of Stephen signing permanently, and that’s allowed John to come in and we’re pleased with that. But we still need a little more in that final third, to give us a bit of impetus and a bit of pace to really force teams.”

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