Stoke's Mark Hughes plotting alternative approach to January window

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Mark Hughes will not be asking for millions of pounds to be made available in January, with Stoke City in the market for potential bargains.

Mark Hughes kept a close eye on the Stoke City back balance over the summer, and will be doing so again in January.

Free transfers made up most of his dealings during the last window, with Bojan Krkic the most high-profile deal to demand a fee.

The Potters could have been forgiven for expecting more money to be made available in the New Year, allowing them to bolster their Premier League ranks.

Hughes, though, is of the opinion that only minor tweaking is required at the Britannia Stadium.

For that reason, he will be scouring the loan market for players capable of making an impact in the English top-flight and hunting for youngsters with the potential to become stars of the future.

He told Sky Sports: “We won’t be spending any significant amounts of money, I wouldn’t suggest.

“We may look at loans, we may look at opportunities to bring, maybe, younger players, if they are available. But any significant business, in terms of financial outlay, I don’t think we’ll be doing that.”

As the window approaches, most of the speculation surrounding Stoke concerns possible outgoings.

Hughes will be eager to avoid losing any key men, with Peter Crouch and Glenn Whelan among those generating plenty of transfer talk.

He will be hoping to enjoy a quiet window all around, with the Potters prepared to end the opening month of 2015 in a similar position to how they start it.

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