Coates rejects Bridge talk
Peter Coates has rejected speculation linking Stoke with a move for Man City defender Wayne Bridge.
Last Updated: 15/12/10 1:57pm
Stoke chairman Peter Coates has rejected speculation linking the club with a move for Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge.
Reports emanating on Wednesday claimed Stoke were lining up a loan swoop for former Chelsea star Bridge in the January transfer window.
Bridge has been strongly linked with a move away from City in the New Year with the left-back well down the pecking order in Roberto Mancini's plans.
However, Coates insists Stoke are not in the market for Bridge as Tony Pulis has not mentioned him in his possible transfer targets.
"No, there's nothing in that," Coates told Sky Sports News. "Certainly Tony [Pulis] has not mentioned it to me so I would be very surprised if he did."
Keane linkCoates also cooled rumours linking Stoke with a move for unsettled Tottenham striker Robbie Keane.
Keane is expected to leave Spurs next month after failing to establish himself in Harry Redknapp's starting XI and the White Hart Lane chief is prepared to listen to offers for the Republic of Ireland international.
Coates has refused to rule out a move for Keane, but believes they do not need any striking reinforcements as they are well stocked in attack.
He added: "Anyone would be interested in Keane, but we think we are pretty well covered in that department.
"So I am not expecting that to be the case, but you keep your options open. That is the secret."