Stoke hopeful over Fuller

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Stoke remain hopeful of bringing Ricardo Fuller to the club from Southampton.

With Saints boss George Burley able to call on a plethora of attacking talent at St Mary's, he has decided to sell the 26-year-old Jamaica international.

Fuller joined Southampton from South Coast rivals Portsmouth last summer but has struggled to ever establish himself as a first choice, spending part of the campaign on-loan at Ipswich.

Potters chief executive Tony Scholes admits he is working on a deal to bring the former Preston favourite to the club, eager to tie up the transfer before Thursday's deadline.

"Ricardo is keen to come and we are working overtime to try to make it happen," he told the Sentinel.

"The manager sees him as forming an important part of our future, if we can get him, so we are doing our best to conclude a deal with Southampton."

Heading in the opposite direction out of the Stoke exit door could be midfielder Dave Brammer, who is interesting former club Crewe.

Brammer, 31, is in the final year of his contract and would be allowed to leave Stoke in the summer on a free transfer, but it looks as though he could be on the move sooner than originally anticipated.

"I've spoken to Tony Pulis and we set a date to talk this week about his future as he will be a Bosman at the end of the season," confirmed Brammer's agent Mickey Walsh to the Sentinel.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Crewe were interested in Dave as they know he's such a good player."