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Saturday 3 December 2016

Hughes is not in a hurry

Mark Hughes (PA)
Mark Hughes (PA)

Stoke boss Mark Hughes will not be rushing into the transfer market in the January window.

Hughes has earned plaudits for his side's progress this season, notably after an eye-catching victory over Manchester City earlier this month.

The Potters boast one of the tightest defences in the Premier League and the attacking trio of Marko Arnautovic, Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri are a potentially potent force.

These strengths are still to be reflected in league position, with a failure to win in the last two keeping them in 11th, but they are just six points off fourth and Hughes is happy ahead of Saturday's clash with Manchester United.

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."

"There is always speculation about good players, everyone in football understands that."

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