Pulis wants four more

Potters boss disappointed to lose Bellamy race

Pulis: Wants more additions

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Stoke manager Tony Pulis is hoping to get four more players in before the end of the transfer window, despite missing out on Craig Bellamy.

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The Potters have tied up deals for strikers Kenwyne Jones and Jon Walters in recent days but the Premier League side were foiled in their attempt to sign Bellamy from Manchester City.

Having been deemed surplus to requirements at Eastlands, the Welshman turned down a host of top-flight clubs to move to hometown side Cardiff City.

Pulis admits he was disappointed not to secure the services of Bellamy, but is keen to see new faces arrive at the Britannia Stadium before the end of the summer.

"I'm hoping next week we'll get another four players in if we can," he said.

"We are really, really desperately keen to change one or two things around and shake the place up.

"That is very important. We are looking all over for different players and I'm hoping next week one or two things will drop for us.

"We have worked very hard to put things in place and we were disappointed with the Bellamy situation - we worked hard to try and get Craig here, but it just didn't drop for us.

"We were very keen to take Craig but he has gone to Cardiff and I think (manager) Dave (Jones) is very fortunate to get what is a top, top player.

"Cardiff is his home town and he has been living away from his family for quite a while now.

"I think he has thought 'how can I help them get into the Premier League?' and I'm sure they have a great chance now."

Captain choice

Stoke kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Wolves at Molineux last weekend, and they will be looking to get up and running against Tottenham on Saturday.

Despite last season's captain Abdoulaye Faye being in the starting line-up against Wolves, fellow defender Ryan Shawcross was named skipper and Pulis believes the additional responsibilities may help improve the 22-year-old's game.

"I have got a lot of time and respect for Ryan," Pulis added.

"During pre-season we made everybody captain, just to make the point that we need leaders within the team and that it is not just one person's responsibility.

"But it will do Ryan no harm to take on that responsibility at this age.

"You hope that it will improve him and make him even better than he already is.

"He is a great lad and one day, I'm absolutely convinced, he will play for England."