Pulis hoped for Ledley deal

Potters chief respects Cardiff's decision not to sell

Ledley: No Stoke move

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Stoke City boss Tony Pulis admits he is disappointed to have missed out on the signing of Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ledley.

The Premier League new boys were active on transfer deadline day after bringing in Danny Higginbotham, Tom Soares and Michael Tonge.

Pulis was also hoping to clinch a club record deal for Ledley, but Cardiff rejected a bid in the region of £6million.

Ledley was upset with Cardiff's decision to deny him the chance to talk to Stoke, and Pulis confesses he had been keen to capture the Wales international.

"I am disappointed because I think Joe is a very good player, but we have to respect Cardiff," Pulis told the Sentinel.

"He is their player and maybe it was never going to happen."

Cracking deal

However, Pulis is pleased with the arrivals of midfield duo Soares and Tonge from Crystal Palace and Sheffield United respectively.

Of the Tonge deal, he added: "It is a signing we worked very hard on behind the scenes. I spoke to big Sam Ellis and he has given him a great recommendation.

"He has good qualities, can play on the left-hand side of the pitch and, at 25, is a good age.

"We think Tom is a very good player for this football club. He is a good investment and we just think he will get better and better.

"We were very surprised, but delighted, he was on the market and for the price we got him. We think it is a cracking deal.

"He has impressed me in the last couple of years, and I have to say there were a lot of clubs watching him."