Hughes unsure whether ideas will translate into spending

Date published: Wednesday 23rd December 2015 1:27

Mark Hughes: Keen to keep Marko Arnautovic at Stoke City

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has a few “ideas” of what he would like to do in the January transfer window but insists there is no urgency for the club to spend at all.

The Potters boast one of the tightest defences in the Premier League and have plenty of exciting attacking players – Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri are a potentially potent force – but have been struggling to score so far this season and are down in 11th after taking only one point from their last two games.

Hughes is happy with his squad, however – although he is certainly not ruling out doing business if the right opportunities present themselves next month.

Hughes said: “We have got a few ideas, but whether they lead to anything significant we will have to wait and see.

“I don’t think there is any urgency from our part to address any issues in the team. I think we are fine at the moment. The squad is strong. We have got players coming back from injuries as well.

“If there are opportunities and the right players are available we will have conversations with people you need to have conversations with and we will see where that takes us. If we don’t do anything this January we will just keep our powder dry and wait for the summer.”

Hughes is also relaxed about the possibility of other clubs attempting to move in on any of his players.

Hughes, whose side host his former club Manchester United on Boxing Day, said: “We wouldn’t encourage it, but I don’t think there will be.

“There is always speculation about good players, everyone in football understands that. Everyone in football will have interest in the good players they have and other teams will covet those good players.

“We are not the only ones that will have speculation about their players but at the moment we are a strong unit, a strong squad. We are enjoying what we are doing and we are quite comfortable.”

Hughes is hoping some business will be done in the coming weeks, however, as defender Erik Pieters and striker Arnautovic consider new contract offers.

Hughes said: “There may be a little bit of progress with Erik Pieters and I know Marko’s people have been in and conversations are going on. Hopefully we will have some announcements pretty soon.”

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