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Stoke deadline day review: some business done at the death

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They may have had a relatively quiet window, but there was some business done by Stoke at the death.

Before deadline day, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes had secured the services of Erik Peters, Marc Muniesa and Oussama Assaidi.

But transfer deadline day also saw Stoke sign Marko Arnautovic from Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee, whilst Hughes unexpectedly moved to sign midfielder Stephen Ireland on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.

There were a few outgoings from the club as well, as Ryan Shotton joined Wigan Athletic on loan, Michael Kightly will also ply his trade in the Championship at Burnley, and Cameron Jerome has departed the for Crystal Palace, also on a loan deal. Florent Cuvelier has also left for League One Sheffield United.

What did Stoke need ? Well, it depends on what Mark Hughes wants for the club. He has started to impose more of a passing style on Stoke, but in terms of personnel there doesn’t seem to have been the major overhaul that many thought might occur.

One deal that didn’t materialise was sending young England goalkeeper Jack Butland on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, with the Yorkshire club reported to be keen on the goalkeeper.

Overall Hughes might have wanted a bit more activity in his first transfer window at Stoke, but he seems wary of uprooting the squad and making too many changes too soon (remember what happened at QPR).

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