Stoke need to sell before buying
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis says he will have to sacrifice members of his existing squad in order to bring in new faces in the January transfer window.
The Potters boss, who has previously confirmed that he wants to bring in new players this month, has been asked by club owner Peter Coates to raise the money for any new arrivals by allowing some of his fringe players to leave the Britannia Stadium.
Pulis and Coates have held discussions over the club’s strategy this month and are prepared to wait until late to get the best possible deals, but any incoming transfers will depend on players first moving on.
“At the moment the chairman and the family would like to get a few out before we can take anyone in, but if something came up, I would go and see them,” Pulis said.
“We are trying to do one or two things in terms of players coming in. If we can do it, we will. If we can't, we will just get on with it.
"I'm looking to bring a few in if we can, but I don't think I will be doing any business until the back end of the window because that's when the best deals are to be done.”
Stoke are already considering Swansea’s interest in striker Kenwyne Jones, after rejecting an initial £3 million offer from the Welsh club, while Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is interested in midfielder Wilson Palacios.
Palacios, who is also attracting interest from clubs in Mexico, has been told he is free to leave this month and is understood to be keen on a possible reunion with his former Tottenham manager Redknapp.
Jermaine Pennant is another player Pulis would consider allowing to leave, after the winger returned early from a loan spell with Championship club Wolves, and the pair are scheduled to hold discussions next week.