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Stoke close on signings

Potters keen to strengthen before close of the transfer window

Maurice Edu: Could be joined by Huddlestone and Dawson if Pulis gets his way

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Stoke manager Tony Pulis hopes to complete the signing of Maurice Edu before adding several new players to his squad before the transfer deadline, after conceding an interest in Michael Dawson.

The Potters boss watched as American summer signing Geoff Cameron impressed during the goalless draw against Arsenal on Sunday and later revealed he is close to completing deals for at least two other players.

United States and Rangers midfielder Edu is set to finalise his move to Stoke on Monday, and could be joined this week by Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone.

He said: "We'll hopefully know more about a couple of players on Monday, whether they're leaving or whether they're coming in.

"I hope next week will be a busy week for us because we need to freshen it up. We've taken Maurice Edu. Hopefully that will be completed by Monday.

"We have to do it [transfers] in a much more structured way this year.

"We spent 23 years outside of the top flight and we're putting together an infrastructure that most of the Premier League clubs have."

Spurs swoop

Pulis also admitted he is interested in bringing Tottenham defender Dawson to the club.

He said: "I'd love to take Dawson off Spurs but whether we could afford him or not I'm not sure. We will see what happens.

"Huddlestone and Dawson and people like that would improve us and make us a better team, but whether you're Arsenal or Stoke City, you have a level to what you can spend and who you can bring in and we have to work to that level.

"If we have to bite the bullet a little bit we have to bite the bullet, but hopefully it will make this club better in future years."