Beattie hails Ashton ability
Striker talks up West Ham forward's credentials
Last Updated: July 28, 2009 5:55pm
Beattie: Needs new partner
Stoke City striker James Beattie would love to have a player of Dean Ashton's ability alongside him at the Britannia Stadium.
Tony Pulis is on the lookout for a striker after Dave Kitson failed to live up to his price tag, and the Potters boss sees West Ham forward Ashton as the perfect partner for Beattie.
Beattie, a £3.5million January signing from Sheffield United, was a revelation upon his arrival at the club and he would love the chance to pair up with Ashton.
"He's got great natural ability has Dean. I've spoken to Mathew Etherington and a couple of the lads I know at West Ham who are very commendable about him," Beattie told Sky Sports News.
"As I say, it's nothing to do with us who comes into this club, you'd have to ask the gaffer that and the chairman and whoever else's responsibility it is to bring players in.
"We have got to make sure we just get on with the training that the gaffer puts on for us, get ourselves fit and make sure we're on it come the 15th August."