Stoke City transfer update: Sunderland midfielder to add some steel, as striker looks to leave

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With just 10 days left of the transfer window, the final Stoke shortlist will be getting drawn up by Mark Hughes - but will outgoings change the club's policy?

Below is a selection of the ripest Stoke city transfer rumours from the last couple of days: 

Cattermole heading to the Brittania?

Alongside the stream of attackers Stoke continue to be linked with, rumours have surfaced that Mark Hughes is looking to bring some combative steel to the centre of his midfield in the shape of Lee Cattermole.

The Sunderland man may be available despite having appeared in the Wearsider's last 8 games, according to the Hartlepool Mail. The paper reports that Poyet's pursuit of Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt, who plays in the same midfield position as the former Middlesbrough star, may spell the end of Cattermole's Black Cats career.

Cattermole has been at the Stadium of Light since 2009, and would surely add some bite to a Stoke midfield already boasting Steven N'Zonzi. Hughes will be hoping the 25-year-old, who has been sent off a huge SEVEN times in the Premier League, has learnt how to keep his discipline and could provide the team with the desire they have lacked in their away fixtures.

Pulis to rescue Kenwyne?

Despite saying last week that he was unlikely to go back to his former club to recruit any players, media reports have linked Tony Pulis with Kenwyne Jones.

The link occurs just a few days after the frontman was fined for refusing to turn out for Stoke, and comes as the relationship between the club and player seemingly reach a irreparable point.

Everton had been linked with the Trinidadian international but have since signed Lacina Traore, leaving Crystal Palace boss Pulis with a clean run at the attacker. 

Other news:

USA striker Juan Agudelo, who officially joined Stoke earlier in the week, has joined Eredivise outfit FC Utrecht for the rest of the season. The Potters must wait four months from the outcome of Agudelo's original work permit hearing before they can apply again, and are eager for the forward to get a taste of European football while he waits.

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