January spending spree at Stoke? Don't bank on it, says Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Mark Hughes says there is little chance of Stoke City embarking on an elaborate spending spree in January to bolster their Premier League ranks.

The January transfer window tends to provide excitement aplenty, with supporters keeping a close eye on events at their chosen club as arrival and departure lounges across the country are once again opened for business.

As the clock ticks down to deadline day, a flurry of activity unfolds as managers desperately search for that fabled final piece of the jigsaw.

Questionable decisions will be made, of that you can be sure, and big money will be spent in pursuit of title success, promotion glory and survival salvation.

One club, though, is preparing to batten down the hatches and turn a blind eye to the transfer circus unfolding around them.

This may not be what Stoke City followers were hoping to hear - but Mark Hughes is expecting to put his feet up in the New Year and avoid dipping back into the Britannia Stadium coffers.

He said in The Sentinel: “There's probably not any money available. We've not spent a lot of money but the squad is strong.

"If things present themselves we will look at them closely but we are probably looking to the summer before we reinvest in the squad rather than January, I would suggest.

"We've done really well. We've brought in players who have slipped off the radar such as Marko [Arnautovic] and Bojan [Krkic]. We've also done well in the loan market by bringing in Victor Moses and Oussama Assaidi.”

Hughes makes a good point.

He brought in seven players over the summer, while parting with only a handful of senior stars.

His squad is already well stocked - despite the injury setback suffered by Moses - and are enjoying a solid mid-table standing in the Premier League, with there being seemingly little need to start rocking the boat or favouring a different approach.

Fresh legs may help carry the Potters through the long, hard slog of winter but, if there are deals to be done which make greater financial sense at the end of the season, why give the chequebook another unnecessary battering in the January sales?

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